§ Mrs. Wise
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what conditions have to be fulfilled by refugees living in the United Kingdom who seek scholarships from her Department for higher education; in particular, how she determines length of residence; and what effect length of residence has on eligibility.
§ Mrs. Hart
My Department's schemes of assistance for refugee students provide training, chiefly at postgraduate and equivalent levels, for nationals of developing countries which should enable them to contribute to their countries' economic and social development on their return. Length of residence in the United Kingdom is not a factor in determining eligibility under these schemes. Eligibility for awards to overseas students in the United Kingdom from funds outside the Aid Programme is a matter for other Departments.