§ Mr. Jon Owen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many non-European Union students registered for courses in(a) further education colleges and (b) universities in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
§ Alan Johnson
The latest available figures are in the table.
Number of non-European Union overseas students, studying in
English FE colleges and HE institutions
Thousand FEcolleges1 Academic year Council funded Non-Council
1997/98 5.1 n/a 92.7 1998/99 5.7 n/a 94.8 1999/2000 7.2 n/a 99.9 2000/01 8.4 18.5 109.7 2001/02 7.2 20.0 120.8 1FE data cover non-EU overseas students studying HE and FE in English FECs, based on a census count as at 1 November. 2HE figures cover non-EU overseas students studying HE and FE in English HEIs including the OU, based on a census count as at 1 December.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and Learning Skills Council (LSC).783W