§ Mr. Maxton
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if Her Majesty's Government will introduce an amendment to the Local Government Finance Bill to grant an 80 per cent. reduction in community charge liability for all student nurses in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lang
[holding answer 13 June 1988]: The 80 per cent. reduction applies to persons undertaking a full-time course of education as defined by the criteria set out in regulations. Where courses undertaken by student nurses meet these criteria, as is likely to be the case for basic courses leading to registration following the implementation of the Project 2000 proposals for reforming nurse education and training, student nurses will qualify for the reduction.