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Committee (2nd Day) (Continued)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 2nd February 2012.

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Photo of Lord Sutherland of Houndwood Lord Sutherland of Houndwood Crossbench 3:45 pm, 2nd February 2012

I thank the noble and learned Lord for giving way and I promise not to intervene again, but there is a further argument in this area that is relevant. If Scotland is not charging fees for students who come from the continent but England is, there will be a displacement of students from continental bases to Scotland. Last time I did a back-of-the-envelope calculation, European Union students were costing Scotland between £80 million and £90 million a year. That could grow as an unintended consequence of the policies. I am not questioning good faith or decisions taken constitutionally in the right way; I am just saying that we really are creating consequences, and that is another one that we ought to look at very carefully.