Students’ Return to Universities - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:25 pm on 1st October 2020.

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Photo of Lord Jopling Lord Jopling Conservative 1:25 pm, 1st October 2020

My Lords, the Minister will be aware that cash-strapped universities are currently crucially dependent on overseas students. Yesterday at the virtual court meeting of the University of York, we were told of their concern about the shortage of flights from eastern Asia. Students are not arriving and they face long delays. Surely, the Government can collaborate with universities to see how they can help. Airlines have spare capacity, aircraft are sitting around and, presumably, students will be prepared to pay to travel to their academic work here. If the Government can move in to see what they can do to help, it would be much appreciated.