§ Vera Baird
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he intends to allow nurse practitioners to run medical practices. 
§ Mr. Hutton
The Government are committed to widening career opportunities for nurses and increasing recognition of the role nurses play in delivering primary care.
Under personal medical services arrangements, nurses may already run medical practices.
We intend to continue these arrangements, and carry them over into the new general medical services contract so that nurses may be co-signatories to the contract.