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Commonwealth: Overseas Students

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what consultations took place with (a) the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission and (b) other external interests before the announcement to end his Department’s funding for new awards from 2009-10; and if he will publish the review associated with this decision. (196634)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) had no prior consultations with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission on the specific issue of the ending of FCO funding for new Commonwealth scholars from 2009-10. Officials have regular, close contact with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission. The 2006 review of FCO scholarships was based on broad consultations with a range of stakeholders. A copy of the 2006 review has been placed in the Library of the House.