Brexit: EU Students’ Tuition Fees - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 5:26 pm on 29th April 2019.

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Photo of Lord Storey Lord Storey Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Education) 5:26 pm, 29th April 2019

My Lords, the Minister said that no decision has been made yet. I suppose that this was a leak, but it gives us an opportunity to consider the Government’s thinking on this particular matter. Have they considered the impact of their proposals on the number of students applying to English universities, given that we already know that Cardiff, Reading, Gloucester and Birkbeck have announced redundancies this year? Is now a good time to gamble with our universities’ financial sustainability? How can the Minister convince the House and the public that pulling up the drawbridge against EU students will not backfire spectacularly?