§ Mr. Crausby
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what is the current proportion 529W of 11-year-olds achieving a reading age appropriate to their age (a) in the last year for which figures are available and (b) two years ago in (i) England, (ii) the North West Region and (iii) Bolton. 
§ Ms Estelle Morris
The Department does not currently collect data on pupils' reading age.
The Department collects Key Stage 2 National Curriculum test results (for pupils aged 11 years old) in English, including the results of a reading test. The expected level of attainment of 11-year-olds at the end of Key Stage 2 is level 4.
The proportion of pupils achieving level 4 or above in the Key Stage 2 English reading tests was:
- in 1999: 81 per cent. for England, 81 per cent. for the North West Region and 81 per cent. for Bolton;
- in 1997: 67 per cent. for England, 66 per cent. for the North West Region and 67 per cent. for Bolton.