HC Deb 27 July 1967 vol 751 cc186-7W
36. Mr. Fowler

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what guidance he has issued to universities as to whether the children of foreign diplomats resident in this country should or should not be classified as overseas students in the computation of fees.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

In line with my right hon. Friend's advice to local education authorities, the University Grants Committee has advised universities that a student whose parent or spouse is stationed in the United Kingdom and is recognised by the Foreign or Commonwealth Office as a member of the staff of a diplomatic mission or as a career consular officer should not be regarded as an overseas student for the purpose of fees.

44. Dame Joan Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many overseas students have been granted aid to help with their fees at universities and other places of education since the new policy announced by his Department.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

The new fees do not come into operation until next academic year, so I am not in a position to say how many students will be granted aid. Universities and local education authorities have been notified by the British Council of their individual allocations from the £½ million in the overseas Students Special Fund and 4,000 existing students supported by the Governments of developing countries should be helped from the separate fund set up for that purpose.