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THE GUAEDIAN Wednesday May 21 1980 24 Report tells how Government decision has damaged relations with other countries MPs By Wendy Berliner, Education Staff A Commons committee yesterday questioned whether the Government had deliberately exaggerated the cost of foreign students to Britain to win support for its controversial decision to charge them the full cost of fees. A report by the Foreign Affairs Committee, chaired by a Conservative MP. Mr Anthony Kershaw, attacked the Government for the way in which the decision was taken and warned of severe damage to relations with foreign countries. The decision, taken soon after the Conservatives came to power, means that from September new university students from overseas will pay a mini- 'misled over foreign student fees mum of 2,000 a year for an arts course, and 5,000 for a course in medicine. colleges have even higher mini- 10 this policy, it is one well mum fees. There has been a 12 supported by the evidence."1 per cent drop in the numbers The 29-page report is the roof foreign students applying BuI1 of two months work bv a for university courses this Sep- fol.eign affairs sub.committec. tembcr and warnings that some wnich took oral evidencc from colleges could be forced to 40 witnesses and received a similar number of written latcd to win political support this decision is severe," says for an ill-considered and hasty the report. judgment ? If ill-considered The Education. Science and Some polytechnics and other seems a harsh epithet to apply Arts Committee yesterday pub- t, t - i . i , . , 1. w- ' nni:.. :. : ,. M -t , , j i iibiiuu an interim lupun uii uie effects of full fees for foreign students. This is also critical of the lack of consultation and the impact of the decision, but in a more restrained tone which reflects the Conservative majority on the committee. The Foreign Affairs Committee report reflects the fact that only one Conservative, Mr Christopher Broeklebank-Fowler regularly attended sub committee meetings. Without his influence, the tone of the report would have been even stronger. It calls on the Government to appoint a Minister responsible for overseas students at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It also asks for research to establish the costs and benefits of overseas students to the UK and suggests a special study to conitor the impact of the higher fee in the next academic year. The report also demands action to safeguard specialist establishments, such as the thread will." The in the warp of good Education Science and Arts Committee recommends a wider bursary scheme for overseas students of high standard to be set up as " a matter of urgency . It also asks mat L?iC!V Stmns Should be cou. WilIL.il LUU1U llii v-u l. Iiv-U II close, The Foreign Affairs Committee claims that the 106 million quoted by the Government is an " over-statement " of the cost of foreign students to Britain. The report adds : " We thus find ourselves asking why these figures weregivcn to the accuses lhe Government House of Commons and to the general public. " Docs this arise from bad advise V Or does it rise from a deliberate attempt to present the issue in a manner calcu- submissions. The report complains about the lack of consultation between government departments over the decision, criticises the inadequacy of official statistics on overseas students and of of making no serious analysis the decision's effects. " Unhappily, we have been given much evidence that the damage to Britain's relationships overseas resulting from their high numbers of foreign students dropped substantially because of the new high fees. To allow such institutions to perish, says the report, would be an act of " intellectual vandalism." The decline in the numbers of students coming from poor countries must be reversed, says the report. The preservation of good relations with the developing world in general and the Commonwealth in particular was crucial. The issue of overseas students fees was aged to generate income from foreign students by recruiting them on the international market. The committee also published another report calling for the House of Commons to be given an early opportunity to debate the extent of the information supplied to committees by government departments. Mr Christopher Price MP, the committee chairman, said yesterday that his committee would have been able to produce a much better report if they had had more cooperation Ladbroke pulls the " snapping of one more from government departments Thatcher goes for kill on Olympics Continued from page one taken place her calls for a boycott will be shown to be phoney because the Government is not taking any action itself." BOA too, remains resolute in its decision, taken in March, to take part and Italy's like stance now leaves West Germany increasingly isolated The Italian Committee will not use the Italian flag or anthem in any of the ceremonies. The groups to vote against were, as elsewhere, those which draw from the political right yachting and equestrianism. Equestrianism is the first sport to organise a major event as an alternative to the Games. There is to be an international festival at Goodwood from August 7 to 11. a show jumping event in Rotterdam from August 13 to 17 and a three-day event, from August 21 to 24' at Fontainbleau. While Holland has voted to take part, its equestrian and hockey associations have dropped out. Hong Kong yesterday decided not to take part in the Games. Sanctions reversal annoys the EEC From John Palmer, European Editor in Brussels Britain's Common Market partners made no effort yesterday to disguise their irritation with the British about-turn over the starling date of the partial trade ban against Iran, agreed bv EEC foreign ministers in Naples. But this was mixed with some glee at British discomfiture and some relief that the economic penalties involved in the sanctions operation had been further reduced. The Italian Government, which is the acting presidency' of the European Community, is to convene a meeting of legal experts in the next few days to try to clear up the mess into which the sanctions decision has now fallen.' But senior diplomats from a number of EEC governments claimed yesterday that if it emerged that British companies had signed any contracts with Iran since November 4 their countries would observe the " lowest common denominator principle " and shut an eye to any contracts their national companies had negotiated in the same period. ularly irritated by the British To judge by the reaction of decision not to make the sanc-the other EEC governments, the lions retrospective. Bonn offi-Iran sanctions episode has cials claimed that it had been undermined the Government's pressure from Lord Carrington The Big U political credibility at a time when its attempt to negotiate a better EEC budget deal with the rest of the Common Market appears to be heading for failure. While no government wanted to comment publicly yesterday, most indicated that Britain's about-turn on sanctions had further eroded the limited reserves of goodwill for Britain in the EEC. The West German Foreign in Naples which had persuaded There is anger them that they should be made British change of retroactive, at least to Novem- weakened the efforts her, in order not to add to the anger of the United States in not making the ban cover all contracts other than for food and medicine. " This business over Iran sanctions is another example of the way the British say one thing but do another," one EEC diplomat said yesterday, on Ministry appeared to be partic- Afghanistan, Mrs Thatcher was more hawkish over an Olympic boycott than anyone else in the Community, but Britain will attend the Games. It is much the same story over Iran." that the mind has the Nine have been making to present the outside world with a united front on major foreign policy questions. But in Italy, France, and West Germany, where it is believed significant contracts were arranged after November 4, diplomatic disapproval is being combined with business relief. Despite this, less than 10 per cent of the EEC's present trade with Iran which is believed to be running at about 500 million a month will be affected by the embargo. The Naples decision has evoked a reaction more of contempt and amusement than anger in Tehran, and few people in Brussels expect any retaliation by the Iranians. Almost all governments in Europe suspect that trade sanctions are as likely to do harm as good to the cause of the US hostages. Irritation with the unexpected confusion in London about sanctions was mixed yesterday with some anger that the US had originally browbeaten the Europeans into an ill-considered and inadequately discussed campaign of sanctions. Iran U-turn reflects upsurge in British exports out of casino business By David Simpson LADBROKE has given up its twelve-month light to retain its London gaming licences and is to bow out of casinos. The decision has been taken to enable the leisure group to push through the sale of its provincial casinos and preserve the jobs of its 1,100 provincial staff. The announcement that the group had withdrawn its appeal against the closure of its three West End casinos and would not seek the renewal of the licence for its last remaining London casino, the Park Tower, came 24 hours before the hearing on the Park Tower was due to open. Yesterday afternoon the Park Tower shut its doors and redundancy notices were issued to the casino's 130 employees. They will join the 285 employees of Ladbroke's. other London casinos who lost their jobs in March. Last year the casino division contributed 24.5 million of Ladbroke's total profit of 49 million and .all but a small portion of this 'is. believed to Save come from the four Lonilon casinos. Ljdbrokc lias already contracted to sell live of Us provincial casinos to Glasgowjs ReorStakis hotel chain. But the 4.4 million sale was dependent not only on Lad-broke renewing its licences but obtaining the' renewals within the next few months. As most of the hearings on the renewals had been adjourned in the last few days until! September 0r October, pending the outcome of the Park Tower hearing, Lad-broke has now decided that it is preferable to sacrifice its London casinos rather than jeopardise the sale of It is now expected that the group , will report the sale of its remaining provincial casinos within the next few days and that the Gaming Board will now grant the potential purchasers certificates of consent to apply for licences for these casinos. The London casinos, however, will not be . put on the market. Yesterday's move . docs not bring an immediate end to Ladbroke's problems. The group still has to face, on June 24, an objection to the renewal of permits for 78 of its bookmaking shops. BELOW: Ladbrokcs chief Cyril Stein giving up the jight to regain casino licences Sir Denis Follows his association stays resolved By Rod Chapman Industrial Staff Britain's U-turn on backdating trade Sanctons against Iran reflects an upsurge in exports vvhirh were running at double last year's level in the first quartev of the year. The mounting criticism of plan1; for retroactive sanctions I stemmed from a belief by most A2C001oan 0.9(S fOfOnly per week CreditPIan Loans from 500 to 6,500 carry no fees for arranging security or valuations. companies involved a belief which they communicated to MPs that they had been misled by the Government. Few appreciated that the Import. Export and Customs Ac- of 1939 enables tlur.Gov-ernnien! to control the exit of all goods from this country to any destination it cares to specify. Thy latest Department of Trade figures reveal the cause for this concern. British exports in the first three mor-ths of the year were 81 million, but leapt to 54 mil lion in April alone in what trade officials interpret as a rush to beat whatever sort of trading ban emerged from the EEC consultations. Exports slumped to 230 million last year from 750 million in 1978, before the Iranian revolution. One of the most vociferous lobbyists- was Talbot, the car firm whose trade in car kits with Iran is likely to be worth soma 150 million this year over 20 per cent of the com-, pany'f turnover. It is debatable whether legislation back-dated tc November would have aff cited the firm, since its Iranian contracts go back originally to 1967, but the publication of the EEC directive prompted renewed alarm. Talbot expects to ship 103,000 kits to Iran this year it managed only 30,000 last year, partly because of the political situation and Customs strike in Iran, but also because of a strike at its British factory and enjoys good relations with the new management of the Iranian assembly plant. It is thus receiving payment normally, a vita!. consideration for exporters following the withdrawal of cover by the Exports Credit j Guarantee Department in CFcbruary. Despite the recent political turmoil, most British trade officials and major exporters still consider Iran to be orje of the most promising Middle Eastern markets. In 1978, Iran was . only marginally behind Saudi Arabia as our major export market in the area, and more, broadly based infrastructure than many of the smaller states Howe offers pay policy talks to TUC By our Political Editor The Chancellor of the Exchequer last night held out an only slightly mildewed olive branch to the TUC in the aftermath of its highly unsuccessful Day. of Action. He made it clear that he was not only willing but anxious to discuss pay policy with the trade union leaders, directly or in any other forum. Sir Geoffrey Howe was addressing the annual dinner of the rival organisation, the CBI. But although he stuck firmly to the Government's self-imposed obligation to cut the rate of growth in the money supply, he conceded that it would be a long, hard process. He went on : " It is for everyone involved in pay bar gaining to decide whether their role is to make that task long er and harder, or quicker and easier. Moderation m nay de mands is not doing a favour to the Government but help ing those who work in the industry to keep their employment and to prosper." Much of Sir Geoffrey's speech contained echoes of the kind of exaltation to pay moderation which has been the most familiar feature of previous gov ernments in the post-war period. It was a tone that seemed to have been relegated to history by the new Friedmanite Government of Mrs Thatcher, Sir Keith Joseph, and Sir Geoffrey. But it has been creeping back recently in the speeches of many Ministers, and Sir Geoffrey made it explicit last night. He told the CBI : " As you know (pay) is one of the subjects which wc have now discussed several times at the National Economic Development Council and which we are willing and anxious to discuss, in that forum or any other, with the TUC and with anyone else " I have made it very clear how much importance I attach to those, discussions and that I am always ready, often at short notice.' to consult about specific decisions," he said. CBI pica to Chancellor, page IS Tory revolt collapses By our Political Staff The publicised Tory backbench rebellion on the Housing Bill petered out last night when the Government won a substantial majority of 288 votes to 227 on Conservative amendments to safeguard the rights of private tenants. Mr Nicholas Scott, Conservative MP for Chelsea, who spoke in support of two amendments designed to give tenants notice of the sums expended by landlords on service charges and other items eventually agreed to withdraw one amendment after a housing Minister, Mr Geoffrey BHnsberg, said that the Government would guarantee consultation for putting possible amendments to the Bill in the House of Lords. Commons report calls for repeal of 'sus' law CreditPIan Loans carry free life cover providing you are now under 60 years of age unlike some plans which charge you for this essential cover. CreditPIan Loans can be repaid over periods up to 10 years at low repayments, eg. 2,000 Loan for only 10.96 per week which represents a true annual rate of charge of 29.84 geared to our own base rate and charged only on what you owe. No callers: No fuss. For full details including the brochure and application form complete the coupon or telephone for express service. 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"There is no doubt that the use of ' sus ' as a charge has damaged relations between the police and the black community. The report says that, in London black arrests for " sus " are (at 44 per cent in 1978) " slightly disproportionate in relation to black arrests for robberies and other violent thefts (38 per cent)." The report says that the committee members do not believe that " sus " has been used by the Mctropolitcan police with a deliberate racial bias. But selective perception of potential offenders' is inherent in "sus." the repeal of "sus" will remove such grounds for suspicion as may exist. The removal of the " sus " provisions would leave only a small gap, says the report, in the powers needed by the police to protect the public The report was prepared by a sub-committee of five members three Conservatives John Hunt. George Gardiner, and John Wheeler, and two Labour members Alex Lyon and Miss Jo Richardson. Malcolm Pithers writes : The Police Federation conference yesterday attacked plans to change the -" sus " law. Mr Jim Jardine, conference chairman said: " in our view this will not achieve its declared intention of improving relations between the police and some members of Britain's black population." I THE WEATHER AROUND THE WORLD AROUND BRITAIN Ajaccio Akiottri Aleandria Algiers Amsterdam Athens Barcelona Belgrade Berlin Biarritz (Lunch time rcporls) C F F 18 61 C 26 79 C 31 88 S 22 72 S 22 72 S 20 68 S 19 66 C 16 61 S 17 63 C 14 57 Birmingham. R 11 52 Blackoool Bordeaux Boulogne Bristol Brussels Budapest Cardiff Casablanca Cologne C 13 55 C 19 66 C 15 59 C 15 59 S 21 70 S 20 68 R 11 57 S 22 72 S 23 73 Copenhagen S 12 51 Tenerif e Dan-Air crash In yesterday's Guardian we carried an item on last month's air crash in Tenerife of a Dan-Air Boeing 727. This stated that the navigational chart used by the pilot lacked certain vital information which would have been available to hiiii 'had he had access to a chart published by a rival company. This is not so. A joint statement issued yesterday by Tan-Air and British Airways, whose subsidiary company publishes the Aerad Flight Guide, said: I'The two airport approach charts for Tenerife airport referred to in ths Guardian- of Tuesday, May 20, and produced by Aerad Flight Guide ard Jeppesen Airway Manual are correct in their detail of the approaches and are identical in every relevant respect." The mistake arose through an inexpert reading of . the chart and a regrettable confusion between a holding pattern and an approach path. Wc apologise to Aerad for this mistake. Corfu Dublin Dubrovnlk Edinburgh Faro Frankfurt Funchal Geneva Sinraltar Glasgow Guernsey Helsinki Innsbruck Inverness Istanbul Jersey S 17 63 C 14 57 R 15 59 C 11 57 S 24 75 S 21 70 S 22 72 S 16 61 S 19 66 R 13 55 Or 12 54 C 4 39 S 18 64 R 12 54 C 18 61 Or 11 52 C F Las Palmas S 23 73 Lisbon S 24 75 Locarno F 20 68 London R 13 55 Luxembourg S 21 70 Luxor Madrid Majorca Malaga Malta Manchester Milan Moscow Munich Naples Newcastle Nice Oporto Oslo Paris Prague Reykjavik Rhodes Home S 43 113 Reports for lhe 24 hours ended 6 pm yesterday: Sun- Max. shine Rain temp. Weather EAST COAST " Scarborough ... 2.7 15 59 Cloudy Bridlington 3.8 16 61 Cloudy t.y 13 59 uouay 7.5 16 61 Sunny c on m Skeqnes! r ?n f.n Gorleston S 20 60 Lowestoft 8.4 S 18 64 C acton 2.8 R 1? 54 Thanet 3.9 S 21 70 SOUTH COAST C 4 39 Folkestone... . 3.6 S 16 61 Hast nqs 2.0 F 18 61 Eastbourne .. C 11 52 Briqhlon 1.3 S 20 68 Worlhinq 1.8 S 21 70 Boqnor 2.8 C 13 55 Haylinq Island. 1.4 F 20 63 Southsea 0.8 Th 20 63 Rv.le. .. L ' 22 Sandown S 24 75 Shanklin. Ronaldsway R 11 52 Th 19 66 Veitnor . Salzburn Stockholm Strasbourg Tangier Tel-Aviv ' Tenerife Tunis i Valencia Venice Vienna Warsaw Zurich S 16 61 Bournemouth.. Poo'e.. A ?6 SBanaoo.'. S 20 68 Vevmoulh S 23 73 S 34 93 C 16 61 C 19 66 S 23 73. F 20 68 Exmouth. Teiqnmoulh. 1.0 1.2 0.2 0.5 1.1 0.6 1.2 5 0 4.7 18 64 Sunny .01 16 61 Shower 15 59 Cloudy .01 16 61 Rain .11 15 59 Rain .05 13 55 Ram .05 13 15 Rain .15 13 55 Rain .19- 12 54 Rain .16 13 55 Drizzle .10 13 55 Showers .17 13 55 Showers 23 12 54 Rain .35 Drizzle .17 13 55 Rain .20 15 59 Thunder .06 13 55 Showers .13 15 59 Showers .41 16 61 Drizzle .39 16 61 Drizzle Torquay 5.6 .31 16 61 Drizzle Falmouth 1.1 .29 13 55 Showeis Penzance 3.7 .32 15 59 Sunny WEST COAST Douras ' .53 13 55 Rain Morccambe 1.0 .26 15 59 Showeis Blackpool 1.4 .29 15 59 Rain Southport 1.4 .29 13 55 Showers Colwyn Bay ... .48 11 52 Rain Prestatyn 1.2. .26 12 54 Drizzle Anglesey 1.1 .47 13 55 Rain llfracombe 1.8 .32 14 57 Cloudy Newquay ... .2, 13 55 Showers hies of Scill- 8.7' '.2" 11 57 Sunny Tenby 3.5:. .36 15.5? Rain SCOTLAND Lerwick ... . 2.9 10 50 Cloudy Wick 1.1 13 55 Foq Stornuway 0.1 f .15 13 55. Rain Kinloss 1.8 .12 15 59 Rain Dyce 0. .01 15 59 Rain Tiree .. , 1.3 i .08 13 55 Cloudy St Andrews ... 0.4 ,.04 16 61 Cloudy Dtm'jar 0.2 13 55 Cloudy Abbotswich... . 0.1 '.31 14 57 Rain Presf.vick .44 14 57 Rain Eskdalemuir. 0.2 '.47 12 54 Rain NORTHERN IRELAND, Bel fa' t ' '.24 13 55 Showers C. cloudy; Dr, drizzle; F, fair; R, rain; S, sunny; Th, thunder. LONDON READINGS From 7 pm Monday to 7 am yesterday: Min. temp. 13C (55F). From 7 am to 7 pm yesterday: Max. temp. 14C (57C). Total period: Rainfall. 0.04in. sunshine, nil. LIGHTING-UP TIMES Bellas! 10.03 p.m. to 4.38 a.m. S 19 66 Birmlnqham 9.35 p.m. to 4.32 a.m. 5 11 5? Bristol 9 34 p.m. to 4.40 a.m. Glasqow 10.03 p.m. to 4.24 a.m. London 9.24 p.m. to 4.29 a.m. Manchester 9.42 p.m. to 4.29 a.m. Newcastle' 9.47 p,m. to 4.18 a.m Nottingham 9.35 p.m. to 4.28 a.m. S 18 61 Fg, Fog, SEA PASSAGES S North Sea : Slight or moderate. Strait of Dover, English Channel (E), Gearge's Channel, Irish Sea: Rough. , St. HIGH-TIDE TABLE London Bridge . 7.28 a.m. ... 7.41 p.m. Dover 4.32 a.m. ... 5.00 p.m. Liverpool 4.51 a.m. ... 5.30 p.m SUN RISES 5.00 a.m. SUN SETS 8.54 p.m. MOON SETS 1.54 a.m. MOON RISES 11.54 a.m. MOON: First Quarter SATELLITE PREDICTIONS The figut;.' ' Jive ' in order, time and visibility, where risinq. maximum elevation enterin" leaving eclipse. London Cos 787 rocket: (May 22) 0.51-O.52 V.'NW 20W W". Cosmos 185 rocket: (May 22) 1.05-1.10 WNW 40SW SSW. Dod: 22.06-22.09 SSE 55ESE N. ini.,c.,m 14 (ocket: 23.40-23.43 NNVV OSSE SSE. Manchester Cos 787 rocket: (May 22) 0.50-0.52 WNW 25W W0.. Cosmos 185 rocket:' (May 22) 1.04-1.10 Intercosmos 14 rocket: 23.39-23.43 NNW 90 1 55c; . Cloudy, with showers A DEPRESSION will be slow-moving near SE England. Lendon. SE England, E Anglla: Mostly cloudy, rain at times, heavy in places, coastal fog patches. Wind mainly NE. moderate or fresh. Max temp 15C (59F), but cooler cn coasts. Cent N, Cent S England, Midlands: Occasional rain or showers, bright intervals. Wind mainly N. moderate, occasionally Iresh. Max temp 14 or 15C (57 or 59F). E and NE England: Cloudy, scatter rd showers. Coastal fog patches. Wind NE, fiesh. Max temp 14C (57F) but cooler cn coasts. NW and SW England, Channel Islands. Lake District, Isle of Man: Showers, heavy in places, bright or sunny intervals. Wind mainly N, fresh, occasionally strong on hills and coasts. Max temp 14 or 15C (57 or 59F) but cooler on coasts. Borders, Edinburgh and Dundee, Aberdeen: Cloudy, scattered showers, coastal fog notches. Wind NE, moderate or fresh. Near normal temp. Max temp 13C (55F) bgt cooler on coasts. . NE, NW, SW Scotland. Glasgow. Cent Highlands. Moray Firth. Argyll, N Ireland: Scattered showers dying out, bright or sunny intervals. Wind malnlv NE. moderate or fr V Max temp: 14C (57F). Orkney, Shetland: Cloudy, scattered showeis. Wind NE. moderate. Max temp: 11C (52F). Outlook: Mostly dry v.ith sunny oeriods but , some showers, in the south at first. Near normal temueratures but cooler in the east with coastal foq patches. MANCHESTER READINGS From 7 'pm Monday to 7 am yesterday: ' Mm. -temp. 11C (52F). From 7 am to 7 pm yesterday: Max. temp. 13C (55F). Total period: Rainfall, 0.27in; sunshine, nil. The Guardian 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3ER All departments : 1-278 2332 Telex : ,881174678 (GUARDN G) 16V Deansgatc, Manchester, M60 2RR Editorial and Advertising: fi61-832 7200' Tele Ads: 061-832 7209 Ex. 2161 Printed and published by Guardt;n Newspapers Limited at 119 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3ER. and at 164 Deansqate Manchester M60 2RR. for and on behalf of the Guardian and Manchester Evening News Limited. 41.601. Wednesday, May 21. 1980. Registered as newspaper at the Post Office

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