§ Mr. Kirkwood
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will introduce a similar scheme in Scotland to the REPLAN scheme in England and Wales.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
No. Education authorities have a responsibility to ensure that adequate and efficient further education is available in their areas. The flexibility of the modular system of further education applying in Scotland and the Scottish wider access programme have both increased the opportunities available for all adults—including those not currently in employment—to benefit from education and updating. Education provision for the unemployed is also available through voluntary organisations supported by Scottish Education Department funding, and through the Training Agency's employment training programme.