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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-00622: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 8 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many adults are unable to read and write.

Answered by: John Swinney 15 June 2016

The last ‘Scottish Survey of Adult Literacies’ was conducted in 2009. It can be found at: http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2010/07/22091814/0. However, other available evidence suggests that progress in tackling adult basic skills levels is being made. The latest skills profile data (2015), collected by the Scottish Government as part of labour market trend data, shows a downward trend in the proportion of adults aged 16 to 64 with low or no qualifications. The figure has fallen from 16.3% in the 2007 baseline year to 11.1% in 2015.