§ Helen Jones
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has given to NHS trusts on the procedures they should follow in order to check that all applicants for nursing posts are registered nurses. 
§ Mr. Milburn
On 6 May 1998, the Department published guidance (HSC(98)64 "The Management of Health, Safety and Welfare Issues for National Health Service Staff") which reminds managers of their responsibility for taking up references from previous employers and making registration checks with the appropriate regulatory body. Earlier guidance (EL(92)84) advised employers to check registration before applicants take up post and to designate this as the responsibility of a single named officer.