Wales' Education Minister Kirsty Williams has written to the UK Universities Minister Michelle Donelan expressing her worries.I think we need grater clarity on this .
Ms Donelan said she was "disappointed" by the approach.
Ms Williams said the proposal - which would be temporary - was "not in the best interests of the UK as a whole".
Ms Williams wrote: "I am deeply concerned that you have chosen to place a control on Welsh institutions rather than work with the Welsh Government to achieve a solution that is compatible with devolution.
"I do not believe this approach is in the best interests of the UK as a whole, and demonstrates a surprising unwillingness to respect complementary policies in each nation."
She said the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) was consulting with the Wales higher education sector on an approach to monitoring admissions to retain stability and it was "regrettable" these proposals would cut across that.
Are the UK government planning to cap the number of English students in England and seeking to extend this to Wales and presumably in Scotland or are they trying to highlight differences in the approach of the devolved governments approach in a negative way?
If the Cap on English students is one that applies to English Universities as well, then even for them it is disturbing and one wonders how it will be applies.
“We want everyone who achieves their entry requirements to be able to go to university and these measures are a vital part of ensuring this, while avoiding harmful over-recruitment among providers which could go against the interests of both students and universities,” the spokesman said.“We will shortly be setting out further details on how the student number controls will be implemented, including how they will work in the devolved administrations.”