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Student Nurses

Volume 174: debated on Thursday 14 June 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment (1) what progress has been made in reclassifying psychiatric student nurses as students for the purposes of the community charge;(2) if he will now reconsider the definition or classification of student nurses for the purpose of the community charge.

The eligibility criteria for the student relief are set out in the Personal Community Charge (Students) Regulations 1989—S.I. 1989/443. They already provide that students on undergraduate nursing courses and those undertaking Project 2000 training will be eligible for the student relief. Over the next few years the Project 2000 scheme will be extended to cover all pre-registration nursing trainees at schools of nursing, including those training for psychiatric nursing.