HL Deb 13 July 1981 vol 422 cc1111-2WA
Lord O'Hagan

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What arrangements have been made to ensure that students from other EEC member states who are attending residential courses in the United Kingdom will be treated both for boarding and tuition as British nationals.

The Minister of State, Department of Education and Science (Baroness Young)

Students from European Community countries on full-time and sandwich courses throughout the United Kingdom are only liable for the home rate of tuition fee. Institutions should be aware of this arrangement as a result of advice issued by Government departments and, where appropriate, the relevant body representing local education authorities. So far as residence charges are concerned, differential fees apply only at institutions maintained by local education authorities in England and Wales where higher fees are charged to students coming from outside England and Wales. My department has been considering how best to eliminate the differential in rates charged at maintained institutions in England and Wales and following preliminary soundings, officials of the department will shortly meet representatives of the local authority associations to discuss the matter.