§ 37. Mr. Miller
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has for boosting the role of nurses in commissioning primary care. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The National Health Service (Primary Care) Act 1997 Personal Medical Services Pilot scheme has made it possible for nurses to take a leading role in primary care. In addition, the Primary Care Groups we will be establishing will involve nurses, general practitioners and other primary care professionals. The development of the Primary Care Groups will be evolutionary and as part of this process, we shall be issuing guidance on this and other related issues.