§ Mr. Blaker
asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is her estimate of the current net total cost to public funds of all the places in institutions of higher and further education in the United Kingdom occupied by students from developing countries.
§ Mr. Oakes
The numbers of students from developing countries in non-university institutions of higher and further education in the academic year 1976–77 was 45,095. Applying to this figure the net cost per place appropriate to all overseas students would give an estimated total cost to public funds of £57.9 million, at 1977 survey prices. This cost excludes debt charges and capital expenditure.