§ Mr. Goodlad
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what representations he has received about the future funding and future location of Persian studies in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
My hon. Friend wrote to me on 18 January on this subject, and I am making inquiries. I have received only one other recent representation. Persian studies fell within the scope of the review of Asian and African languages and area studies conducted by Sir Peter Parker for the University Grants Committee, which has accepted and is now implementing his recommendations.