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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 January (WA 148), why the enumeration of visas granted to overseas students at individual colleges is commercially sensitive; and how providing such numbers would breach the Data Protection Act 1998. [HL1419]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): I refer the noble Lord to my letter to him of 19 February 2010, a copy of which has been placed in the Library. Information on the number of students granted visas and their country of origin is not recorded centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
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