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Chevening Scholarships Programme

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he had with (a) the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, (b) the Department for International Development, (c) non-governmental UK organisations and (d) other governments before the announcement of 23rd March 2008 on the funding of the Chevening and Commonwealth Scholarships programmes. (200283)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Reading, East (Mr. Wilson) on 23 April 2008, Official Report, column 2122W.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the recent decision to reduce funding for the Chevening Scholarship programme will affect people who have applied to the scheme for a place during 2008-09. (200284)

The decision was made before scholarships for 2008-09 were offered. So while there is increased competition for scholarships for 2008-09, those who have been offered scholarships will not be affected.