HC Deb 19 May 1998 vol 312 cc336-7W
Mrs. McKenna

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the functions ascribed to the National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visitors for Scotland under section 6(1)(e) of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1997; and what funding the board receives in respect of those functions. [43050]

Mr. Galbraith

The board is required to provide a central system to deal with applications to enter into training courses, to provide careers information to the public and to carry out research into training methods (SI 1993/637(S.83)). Funding for carrying out these functions is not specifically authorised by statute and, with Treasury agreement, it is intended to allow the expenditure to rest on the sole authority of the Appropriation Act until amending legislation can be enacted.