HC Deb 16 March 1978 vol 946 cc300-1W
Mr. Craig

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science (1) what percentage of children of compulsory school age in England and Wales is estimated to suffer from dyslexia:

(2) what arrangements are made in England and Wales, and by whom, for diagnosing or providing assessments of children with dyslexia.

Miss Margaret Jackson

Neither my Department nor the Welsh Office collects statistics of children who have reading difficulties of various kinds. The discovery, diagnosis and assessment of children's special educational needs are matters for individual local authorities in consultation with the parents. I am sending the hon. Member a copy of DES circular 2/75 which deals with the matter in more detail.