§ Lord Laird
asked Her Majesty's Government:
What arrangements exist for citizens of (a) Gibraltar, and (b) the Falkland Islands to attend universities in the United Kingdom; what is the reason for any differences in these arrangements; and whether they will take steps to give the students from the two areas equal status. [HL1534]
§ Lord Filkin
Students from Gibraltar who have been ordinarily resident there for three years before their course starts, and who have British citizenship, are eligible to pay "home" tuition fees in the same way as UK students. Students from the Falkland Islands would be expected to pay the overseas rate of tuition fees. The difference is because Gibraltar is the only overseas territory formally considered part of the United Kingdom in terms of the UK's membership of the European Union (EU), and so entitled to the benefits of EU membership, including home tuition fees for their students. There are no plans to change the status of the Falkland Islands or other overseas territoriesvis à vis the EU.