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Illiterates (Instruction)

Volume 389: debated on Tuesday 4 May 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will consider making arrangements whereby soldiers who can neither read nor write may receive instruction?

There are few illiterates in the Army, and they are scattered among various units. Where qualified instructors are available classes are now held to teach them to read and write. A special book is now being prepared which will enable instruction to be given in all units by regimental non-commissioned officers.

In view of the fact that they are so scattered, will my right hon. Friend consider collecting some of them together into groups, so that they may receive this instruction, which is necessary from a military standpoint?