§ Audrey Wise
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has(a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the (i) short-term and (ii) long-term outcome of various patterns of school nursing provision. 
§ Mr. Boateng
Research has been commissioned into the effectiveness of school entry nurse health checks and consideration is being given to a further study of the effectiveness of health checks undertaken by nurses in school. There are also specific studies into the trial of an injury prevention programme in primary schools and into service support for children with special health needs attending mainstream schools which may reflect outcomes associated with school nurse involvement. The results will assist evaluation of how the health care needs of children in community settings may best be met.