§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if, pursuant to his reply of 31 January,Official Report, column 189, he can give any estimate of when (a) the level of bursary for a nursing student enrolling on a course under the Project 2000 nursing education reforms will be announced, and (b) the arrangements for the longer term administration of such bursaries will be determined; and if he will make a statement on the progress towards the implementation of the Project 2000 reforms so far.
§ Mr. Mellor
We intend to make an announcement shortly on the level of bursaries for Project 2000 nursing students and the arrangements for administration. On 291W progress on Project 2000 generally, my right hon. and learned Friend announced on 3 April that approval had been given to the development of Project 2000 courses in the following districts/schools of nursing:
- East Suffolk and Great Yarmouth
- Crewe and Macclesfield
- North East Essex
- North and South Bedfordshire
- North Manchester
- North West Surrey/South West Surrey/West Surrey and North East Hampshire
- North Staffordshire
- Portsmouth and Isle of Wight
- Winchester and Basingstoke
Subject to detailed discussions about cost and manpower assumptions, and the receipt of educational approval from the English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting, these courses should start in the autumn of this year or, in some cases, in early 1990.