§ 20. Miss Anne Begg
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement on the postponement of Higher Still. 
§ Mr. Wilson
Higher Still will bring important improvements to school and college education in Scotland. The full benefit to our young people can be only be achieved if lecturers and teachers in the classroom are fully prepared. The revised start date of 1999 with the Advanced Higher following on in 2000 will allow time for the necessary preparation. It will also allow planning of the implementation of Higher Still in close consultation and partnership with all those involved.