The number of new Commonwealth scholars each year depends on the number staying on from previous years for a second or third year of study. For example, in 2006 there were 56 new scholars funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and in 2007, 46. For 2008, 68 candidates have been selected in anticipation that not all will be able to take up their places.
As my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary told the House on 13 March 2008, the changes we are making to FCO scholarship programmes mean that we will end the FCO contribution to the Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship Plan. From 2009 there will be no new scholars funded by the FCO, but we will continue to pay for those on two or three-year awards.