HC Deb 06 February 1969 vol 777 c140W
36. Mr. Longden

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many pupils, at the latest convenient date, have left their primary school, and their secondary school, respectively, unable to read; by what criteria the inspectorate measures ability to read; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Edward Short

It is not possible to judge reading ability in the absolute way the hon. Member suggests. Her Majesty's Inspectorate have carried out surveys at regular intervals since 1948 using a constant objective test devised by Dr. A. F. Watts and Professor P. E. Vernon. These surveys show steadily rising reading standards.