Children (Reading)

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of Kenneth Macintosh Kenneth Macintosh Labour 2:30, 13 March 2003

The minister will be aware of the support and welcome that schools in my constituency, including Arthurlie Nursery in Barrhead, have given to the reading champions programme. Leaving aside the fact that I have signed up to the scheme, can he say how much progress has been made in signing up reading champions from a range of backgrounds to encourage early reading habits?