My honourable friend the Minister of State (Bill Rammell) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.
The UK has a continuing obligation under the United Nations charter to promote the well-being of the inhabitants of its overseas territories, and we are committed under the White Paper Partnership for Progress and Prosperity—Britain and the Overseas Territories to ensuring their social and economic development. I am therefore pleased to tell Parliament that in response to representations about students from our overseas territories, the Department for Education and Skills will be making changes to our Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations and to the Student Fees (Qualifying Courses and Persons) Regulations from the 2007-08 academic year to allow these students to pay home fees, and not the higher overseas fee rate. This policy change will also apply to students from the overseas territories of Denmark, France and the Netherlands.
Annexe A—The specified territories to which the change will apply are:
British Overseas Territories
British Antarctic Territory
British Indian Ocean Territory
British Virgin Islands
South Georgia & the South Sandwich Isles
St Helena & its dependencies
Turks & Caicos Islands
Overseas Territories of Other EU Member States
Greenland & Faeroe Isles (Denmark)
Netherlands Antilles (Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Marten) and Aruba (Netherlands)
Wallis and Futuna
St Pierre et Miquelon
French Southern and Antarctic Territories