§ Mr. Bob Russell
To ask the Secretary of State for Health what requirements are placed on employers of nurses to provide time and pay for continuation training; what action is taken to ensure that nurses do not have to fund their own continuation training nor undertake it in their own time; and by what means he monitors the performance of employers in respect of continuation training of nurses. 
§ Mr. Milburn
The level of investment in the continuing professional development of National Health Service staff is a matter for employers. We expect them to have personal development plans in place for the majority of professional staff by April 2000. We shall be considering the need for any other measures in the light of the response to our consultation document; "A First Class Service".