Exiting the Eu: Science and Research

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 6:30 pm on 19th December 2016.

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Photo of Ben Howlett Ben Howlett Conservative, Bath 6:30 pm, 19th December 2016

My hon. Friend has been a strong advocate for our university sector since he took up his post. One of the key concerns of my university, and of others across the country—he probably knows what I am about to say—is in relation to international student numbers. Given the opportunities available to us in a post-Brexit world, we have to be better at communicating what immigration looks like in our country. For me, and probably for most universities across the country, it is important that we split up our international student numbers from our overall immigration figures. That has the support of 70% of the public. I hope that my hon. Friend will agree on that point.