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Volume 164: debated on Thursday 11 January 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people responded to the Government's recent television campaign to recruit nursing staff; what proportion then returned the application form and administration fee; and, if available, how many indicated they were unable to afford the fee.

To date the most recent television nursing recruitment campaign has produced 86,653 initial responses; 5,428 inquirers have subsequently returned the application form and administration fee. We are aware of only one case where a potential applicant indicated that he was unable to afford the £6 administration fee levied by the nurses' central clearing house.