HC Deb 12 February 1990 vol 167 c1W
Mr. Pawsey

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science what evidence he has as to whether a brain drain exists from the United Kingdom.

Mr. Jackson

No firm evidence exists of a 'brain drain' from this country. The best information currently available shows that there has been a net inflow to the United Kingdom of full-time non-clinical academic staff in universities in every year since 1983. I announced in July 1989 that I had requested the Committee of Vice Chancellors and Principals to monitor flows of university staff in and out of this country and to ensure that data about this are reliable.