§ Mr. McTaggart
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what plans he has to expand technical and vocational education initiative centres in secondary schools.
§ Mr. Michael Forsyth
The extension of the technical and vocational education initiative to all secondary schools and further education colleges is now under way, with Dumfries and Galloway already participating, and Lothian, Borders, Fife and the Renfrew division of Strathclyde having received MSC approval to do so from autumn 1988. Preparatory projects will also start in Orkney and Shetland on that date, with the result that every education authority in Scotland will then be participating in TVEI either at pilot, preparatory or extension stage.