HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 c288W
Mr. Guy Barnett

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) if he will publish in the Official Report a table indicating the country of origin of overseas students enrolled for 1980–81 at British universities, polytechnics, and other institutions of higher education, respectively, showing how the numbers in each case compare with figures for 1979–80;

(2) if he will publish in the Official Report a table showing the countries of origin of students from overseas at British universities, polytechnics and other higher education institutions, respectively, for the academic years 1979–80 and 1980–81.

Dr. Boyson

Information in respect of overseas students from specific countries is not yet available for 1980–81. In universities in the United Kingdom there were about 31,800 overseas students from all countries in 1980–81 compared with about 35,500 such students in 1979–80. In polytechnics and colleges of further education in England and Wales there were provisionally estimated to be 16,600 overseas students on advanced courses and 19,100 students on non-advanced courses in 1980–81. In 1979–80 the figures were 19,900 advanced and 25,700 non-advanced students respectively. Figures for 1979–80 by country of origin are given below for enrolments of more than 1,000 students. These 15 countries accounted for about 65 per cent. of all overseas students.