HC Deb 06 December 1968 vol 774 cc572-3W
Mr. Weatherill

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many students in United Kingdom universities and technical colleges are from overseas; how many are in receipt of grants; and what is the cost thereof.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

There were 15,497 full-time overseas students in universities and 15,401 in grant aided further education establishments in 1967–68, 7,761 received support from public funds, amounting to £444,000 in the financial year 1967–68 for the relief of hardship following the introduction of higher tuition fees. In addition some 4,600 students were financed under the Aid Programme of my right hon. Friend the Minister of Overseas Development and other programmes of the British Council and Commonwealth Scholarships Commission; the cost is not precisely identifiable within the overall cost of students and trainees, but amounted to between £3 million and £5 million.