HC Deb 22 December 1981 vol 15 c398W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science what is his Department's estimate of the number of people in the United Kingdom at present who are (a) totally illiterate, (b) semi-literate and (c) basically literate.

Mr. William Shelton

Information is not available in this form. The British Association of Settlements estimated in 1974 that some 6 per cent. of the adult population functioned at an inadequate level of literacy. Despite the provision of tuition in literacy we believe that the scale of the problem overall remains broadly similar.