HC Deb 18 April 1989 vol 151 cc115-6W
Mr. Kirkwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he has plans to expand and develop adult counselling in Scotland.

Mr. Michael Forsyth

The Education (Scotland) Act 1980 gives education authorities powers to provide vocational guidance services for persons other than those attending or leaving schools and colleges. Advice was given to education authorities in "The Careers Service—Memorandum of Guidance to Education Authorities in Scotland" issued in March 1988. Guidance and counselling for adult students is an important element of the provision being made by education a ill authorities under the Scottish wider access programme.