HC Deb 26 May 1966 vol 729 c709
29. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science if he will take steps to secure an increased provision of university diploma courses in nursing administration.

Mr. Redhead

Universities decide for themselves what courses to offer, in the light of national needs. In this field these are a matter for consideration by my right hon. Friends the Minister of Health and the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Mr. Pavitt

Will my hon. Friend consider the woeful inadequacy of only one university at present providing such a course, with another planned for next year, in the light of the Salmon Comittee's Report, which may well be adopted by the Minister of Health? Will lie institute a crash programme so that the nurses can have the professional status which they deserve?

Mr. Redhead

It is my understanding that my right hon. Friend the Minister of Health is at present considering a report on the senior nursing staff structure, including the future provision of training facilities in nursing administration. Questions on the more detailed aspects of the present provision would be more correctly addressed to the Minister of Health.