§ Mr. Cummings
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government will make it their policy to deny places on science graduate and postgraduate courses to students from countries which fail to sign or ratify international protocols relating to nuclear or chemical weapons.
§ Mr. Boswell
I have been asked to reply.
The Government are determined to block potential avenues for the poliferation of nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. We are discussing with representatives of the universities and colleges, which are responsible for the admission of students to courses, the most effective means of ensuring that postgraduate students and researchers from countries where there is a proliferation concern cannot gain access to relevant technologies through study or research in United Kingdom higher education.