HC Deb 26 June 1997 vol 296 c635W
16. Dr. Kumar

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will make a statement on the number of children who left primary school in 1996 able to read and write to their chronological age. [4107]

Mr. Byers

Fifty-eight per cent. of pupils reached level 4 and above—the level expected for 11-year-olds—in English in the 1996 national curriculum tests.