Des Browne's assertion that increases in visa extension charges for overseas students are to cover costs is not borne out by the figures.
The operating costs of the General Group - which administers the service - were just under £ million for 2003-04. We calculate that the Home Office stands to raise at least £47 million from the new charges from international students alone.
The Government's commitment to encouraging international students is welcome. The danger is that the good work is being undermined by unjustifiable charges.