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Reading Standards

Volume 176: debated on Wednesday 18 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Science how many 10-year-old children in state schools in England and Wales were recorded as experiencing reading difficulties in the school sessions (a) 1979–80 and (b) 1989–90.

Such national data do not exist currently, although the national curriculum assessment arrangements will in due course provide information about the reading levels of pupils at seven, 11, 14 and 16.