§ Mr. Boswell
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which local learning and skills councils have appointed specialist officers in basic skills. 
§ Margaret Hodge
[holding answer 28 February 2002]: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State's grant letter to the LSC for 2002–03 highlighted the importance of tackling the legacy of poor basic skills, and asked the LSC to implement its adult literacy and numeracy strategy, to meet the target of raising the literacy and numeracy skills of 750,000 young people and adults by 2004 and set out the key priorities for the LSC in 2002–03 including taking responsibility for tackling the woeful legacy of poor basic skills.
The LSC has confirmed that there is at least one person in each local LSC with specific responsibility for basic skills.