HC Deb 06 March 1946 vol 420 cc325-6
38. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will state the number of West African students now taking educational courses in this country; how many applications for study here have been refused; the estimated number of prospective students in this country during the next three years; and, approximately, the number or percentage of overseas students who have gone to countries other than Britain for their studies.

Mr. Creech Jones

West African students now taking educational courses in this country number about 500, of which 200 are scholarship holders. I have no record of the numbers of applications for study which have been refused by universities and colleges. It is estimated that the numbers of West African students will possibly increase by 100–200 a year during the next three years. There are 25 West African students in the U.S.A. The number in other non-British countries is negligible.

Mr. Sorensen

Do I understand that everything is being done to provide facilities for West African students to come here rather than go to America?

Mr. Creech Jones

Obviously, but there are difficulties with our own university colleges.

Mr. Hector Hughes

Can the hon. Gentleman say, when such applications are made, on what basis they are refused?

Mr. Creech Jones

We have no precise information why applications are refused, but I think that, broadly speaking, it is because the applicants do not reach the standard for admission to the college which is set by the college authorities.