Lords debates nursing student support

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22 May 2018

Members of the House of Lords discussed the government's introduction of student support regulations on Monday 21 May.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath (Labour) proposed a motion to regret that the government is:

  • extending the normal student maintenance regime to more categories of nursing students as a replacement for the NHS Bursary Scheme

His motion asked for the introduction of the regulation to be postponed until the current review of post-18 education and funding has been completed.

Following the debate in the House of Lords chamber, the motion was withdrawn.

If agreed the motion would not have stopped the regulations, which came into force on 29 March but it provided an opportunity for the House to discuss these changes and to suggest the postponement of their introduction.

How do these regulations become law?

These regulations are subject to the negative procedure, meaning they would not normally be debated unless a member objects. These regulations were laid on 28 March 2018, and their provisions came into force on 29 March 2018.

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