To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 27 November 2002, Official Report, column 354W, on nursing student bursaries, whether the 4,600 curricular hours include work placements; and what minimum number of work placement hours a nursing student is required to complete in order to obtain a diploma. 
A nursing student is required to complete 4,600 curricular hours to qualify for a diploma award and achieve professional registration. Of these 4,600 curricular hours, a minimum of 50 per cent. will be designated for learning within practice. These may include simulation of practice learning.