[Albert Owen in the Chair] — Science and Research

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:48 am on 24th June 2015.

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Photo of Mark Field Mark Field Conservative, Cities of London and Westminster 10:48 am, 24th June 2015

Without pre-empting the battles that the Minister will no doubt have with the Home Office, the immigration question is close to our hearts. He will appreciate fully that if the brightest and best from across the world come here, they will go back to their countries as ambassadors for this country for the rest of their lives and often build up businesses with links to us. We lose that at our peril: such links will then go to Canada, the USA and Australia, and the point has been made that, without significant numbers of overseas students, leading postgraduate courses will simply close down, which will be to the detriment of our own indigenous population.