§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what assessment he has made of the effect of currency turbulence in south-east Asia on the numbers of assisted and self-financed students coming to Britain from those countries. 
§ Dr. Ho wells
The effects of currency turbulence in south-east Asia will vary in different countries and for different individuals. This is a complex and unpredictable issue and it is unlikely that an overall assessment of any effect on numbers can be made in the short to medium term.