HC Deb 30 July 1946 vol 426 c144W
107. Mr. K. Lindsay

asked the Secretary of State for War what evidence he has in his possession of illiteracy among recent recruits.

Mr. Lawson

Records for the six months prior to May, 1946, show that approximately .09 per cent. of the recruits retained in the Army were illiterate. Illiterates are also known to have been included among recruits who were found unsuitable during their first two weeks in the Army and discharged. I cannot say exactly what percentage they represented, but it is estimated that the overall percentage of illiterates among all recruits, whether retained or discharged, was about 1 per cent.