HC Deb 05 April 1976 vol 909 cc72-3W
Mr. O'Halloran

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what discussions he has had with the Inner London Education Authority regarding its plans to reduce the number of places available to overseas students; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Gerry Fowler

I have had no discussions with the ILEA, though my Department has been informed of its proposals at official level and invited to comment. Admissions policy is a matter at the discretion of individual authorities and colleges.

Mr. Rippon

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether it remains the policy of Her Majesty's Government to encourage overseas students to attend British universities; and whether he will give an assurance that they will not be penalised by the imposition of differential fees.

Mr. Gerry Fowler

Overseas students will always be welcome at our universities and other educational institutions. Higher tuition fees for overseas students have been charged since 1967 and, following the announcement of 16th December last, will continue to be charged in 1976–77. Her Majesty's Government will continue to provide assistance under aid programmes.

Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what information he has as to those countries in Western Europe that charge discriminatory fees for all their overseas students in higher education, and those who do not.

Mr. Gerry Fowler

I understand that Belgium is about to introduce new rules which will involve differential rates for certain categories of overseas student. No differential arrangements exist in France, Italy, the Netherlands or West Germany.

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