§ Mr. Redmond
To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what is the current reported rate of illiteracy; and what were the figures in each of the previous four years. 
§ Mr. Richards
The adult basic skills unit annual report for 1994 looked at those people who lack "basic skills", which are defined asthe ability to read, write, speak, and use mathematics at a level necessary to function and progress at work and in society in general".
The report does not contain a figure for Wales on its own.