§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he intends to take to enable health care staff in prisons to develop the skills of practice as community nurses; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Quin
[holding answer 5 November 1997]: The Prison Service supports the training and development of nurses through a variety of health-related training programmes including England National Boards courses, National Vocational Qualifications, diplomas and university degrees in health care. Prison health care centres have developed and continue to develop close links with community nursing teams in local National Health Service Trusts and General Practitioner practices, contributing to the development of community nursing skills of prison health care staff, along the more formal training courses.