58. Mr. John Hall
asked the Minister of Defence how many National Service men each year, expressed in numbers and as a percentage of the annual intake, are found, on entry, to be illiterate or semi-illiterate.
§ Mr. H. Macmillan
The terms "illiterate" and "semi-literate" are not used 49W by the Services but, in the Army, the following numbers of National Service entrants and percentages proportionate to total intake have been found unable to write their names, addresses, etc., on a form:
No men of this standard are accepted by the Royal Navy or the Royal Air Force.
Year Numbers Percentage of intake 1952 1,400 1.2 1953 … 1,027 0.92 1954 (Jan. to Sept.) 653 0.84