§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will estimate how many students will take up the Bursary Scheme to take the Diploma in Social Work. 
§ Jacqui Smith
[holding answer 14 January 2003]: The number of social work students who will be entitled to the bursary will depend on the number accepted onto courses by the universities and whether or not the student is in employment and supported through training by their employer. At the end of 2002 there had been 5,070 applications to the Social Work Admissions Service for social work courses beginning in September 2003.