HC Deb 12 April 2002 vol 383 cc685-6W
Dr. Fox

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will support moves by the UKCC to introduce English tests for foreign nursing recruits. [47871]

Mr. Hutton

The UKCC was replaced on 1 April by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. It will be for the new Council to consult widely on how it proposes to exercise its functions, which include assessing the knowledge of English of overseas-qualified practitioners, other than nationals of European Economic Area States. In the meantime it will inherit existing policies and procedures, which already provide for such assessments.

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