To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what recent advice he has given to education authorities concerning alcohol abuse among children; and if he will make a statement.
Guidance on health education 10–14 is being prepared jointly by the Scottish Health Education Group (SHEG) and the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum (SCCC) and will be issued to schools shortly. SHEG is also preparing videos and teaching packs about alcohol for school health education programmes. Schools from each education authority will take part in a conference on young people and alcohol in November, organised by the Department and sponsored by the Scotch Whisky Association. In addition, the Department has drawn the attention of education authorities to curricular material produced by Strathclyde health and aids project in education (SHAPE) which covers alcohol abuse among other subjects.