HL Deb 17 June 1997 vol 580 c109WA
Lord Lucas

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will restate their commitment to the Labour Party manifesto target that "within a decade every child leaves primary school with a reading age of at least 11".

Baroness Blackstone

Yes. The Government announced on 13 May new targets for literacy, namely that by 2002, 80 per cent. of all 11 year-olds should reach the appropriate reading standard for their age; and that by 2006 practically every 11 year-old should reach this level.