§ Mrs. Laing
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many and what percentage of schools have internet and e-mail access for pupils in each local authority area. 
§ Mrs. Liddell
According to the most recent Annual Survey of Listening, Viewing and Computing (ASLVC) conducted on behalf of The Scottish Office in 1998, 22 per cent. of primary schools and 73 per cent. of secondary schools have some form of internet access. 39 per cent. of primary schools and 72 per cent. of secondary schools have e-mail facilities. The sampling arrangements for the ASLVC do not provide information at the local authority level. This information will be collected in future as part of the monitoring arrangements for the Excellence Fund.
From 1 July 1999, this will be a matter for the Scottish Parliament.