HC Deb 11 July 1939 vol 349 c2066
79. Mr. G. Macdonald

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department the number of Austrian, Czecho- Slovakian and German students granted permits to stay in this country to take full-time courses at any college, giving separate figures for the Wigan Technical and Mining College; also, where the students are likely to proceed to on com pleting their course?

The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department (Mr. Peake)

No separate statistics are available of the number of students from the countries named. The general practice is to admit students from foreign countries on the understanding that they will leave when they have completed their studies, but as regards persons who if admitted here for study would not be able to return to their own countries on completion of their studies, they are in effect refugees and, as a general rule, are only admitted here if it appears that arrangements can ultimately be made for their emigration.

Mr. Macdonald

Can the Minister give the number of refugee students at the Wigan Technical and Mining College?

Mr. Peake

I have not been able to find out that information in the time available.