§ Mr. Brooke
My right hon. Friend sets maximum fees only for overseas students who began their courses before 1 September 1980, who are excluded from the effects of the Government's policy that overseas students should pay fees that cover the cost of their education. He announced new maximum fee levels for such students in reply to a question from my hon. Friend the Member for Stevenage (Mr. Wood) on 21 February this year. My right hon. Friend has received no recent representations on those fees. For other overseas students, institutions and local education authorities are free to determine the fee to be charged in accordance with the Government's policy and in the light of their own circumstances.