§ 104. Mr. Chetwynd
asked the Secretary of State for War how many National Service men have undertaken regular engagements during the past year.
§ 105. Mr. C. Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for War if he has now completed his inquiries into the survey conducted by his education department on the subject of backwardness and illiteracy amongst National Service men entering the Army with particular reference to recruits from Welsh-speaking areas; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Head
Yes. The report gave in an appendix the percentages, based on tests set by my Department, of illiterate and semi-literate recruits for various enlistment areas, covering Wales as well as England and Scotland. The report deals with literacy so far as the28W English language is concerned. Understandably, the figures for Welsh-speaking areas are among the highest. But no comment was made in the report on the figures for Wales. I am, however, discussing this particular problem with my right hon. Friend the Minister of Education.