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Lords to debate report into international science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students


On Thursday 19 March the House of Lords will debate the report on International Science Technology, Engineering and Maths students, which was published in April last year.

The Lords Science and Technology Committee reported that an ‘unwelcoming' UK had led to an unprecedented fall in international Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) student numbers.  In particular the Committee found that changes to the immigration rules in this country had played a direct part in putting overseas students off from choosing the UK.  It urged the Government to overhaul its ‘contradictory' policies, and re-think the way it incorporates students into its immigrant targets.

But the Government responded, dismissing the arguments and maintaining that visa applications in the UK continue to rise.

Former Chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee Lord Krebs will open the debate tomorrow.

Other members due to speak include:

Baroness Williams of Trafford (Minister) will respond on behalf of the Government.

The debate will be held in the Chamber of the House of Lords on Thursday 19 March. It is expected to start after 11.00am.

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