Reading Research (National Centre)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education and Science – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th December 1968.

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Photo of Mr Edward Short Mr Edward Short , Newcastle upon Tyne Central 12:00 am, 5th December 1968

I do not think the publication to which my hon. Friend has referred gives a balanced picture. There have been four-yearly surveys of reading ability since 1948. These show steadily rising standards. In addition, a great deal of research is being done on the I.T.A. Some of it was instituted by the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Handsworth (Sir E. Boyle) and, since then, the Schools Council has instituted more.