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Commonwealth Scholarship Commission

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 26 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 22-4WS, on FCO scholarships and fellowships, what assessment he has made of the rigour and transparency of selection methods for the (a) Commonwealth and (b) Chevening Scholarship schemes. (195766)

The selection process for Commonwealth scholars is both rigorous and transparent. The changes we are making to the Chevening scholarship scheme, set out in my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary’s written ministerial statement of 13 March 2008, Official Report, columns 22-24WS, will improve the consistency of the selection of Chevening scholars.