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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what steps his Department is taking to encourage students to study nursing. (100101)

The recruitment of students to nursing courses is a matter for strategic health authorities in liaison with national health service employers. The Department for Education and Skills is not taking any special steps to encourage students to study nursing but we continue to promote the benefits of higher education for all students and to encourage them to apply to the course best able to match their abilities.