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Skills for life : improving adult literacy and numeracy : report by the Comptroller and Auditor General

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Skills for life: Improving adult literacy and numeracy DEPARTMENT FOR EDUCATION AND SKILLS Skills for Life: Improving adult literacy and numeracy REPORT BY THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL | HC 20 Session 2004-2005 | 15 December 2004 The National Audit Office scrutinises public spending on behalf of Parliament. The Comptroller and Auditor General, Sir John Bourn, is an Officer of the House of Commons. He is the head of the National Audit Office, which employs some 800 staff. He, and the National Audit Office, are totally independent of Government. He certifies the accounts of all Government departments and a wide range of other public sector bodies; and he has statutory authority to report to Parliament on the economy, efficiency and effectiveness with which departments and other bodies have used their resources. Our work saves the taxpayer millions of pounds every year. At least £8 for every £1 spent running the Office. LONDON: The Stationery Offi ce £11.25 Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed on 13 December 2004 Skills for Life: Improving adult literacy and numeracy REPORT BY THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL | HC 20 Session 2004-2005 | 15 December 2004 This report has been prepared under Section 6 of the National Audit Act 1983 for presentation to the House of Commons in accordance with Section 9 of the Act. John Bourn Comptroller and Auditor General National Audit Offi ce 3 December 2004 The National Audit Offi ce study team consisted of: Angela Hands, Chris Lambert, Christine Rose, Rebecca Sidell Dawson, Philip Wilson, and Victoria Lewis This report can be found on the National Audit Offi ce web site at www.nao.org.uk For further information about the National Audit Offi ce please contact: National Audit Offi ce Press Offi ce 157-197 Buckingham Palace Road Victoria London SW1W 9SP Tel: 020 7798 7400 Email: [email protected] © National Audit Offi ce CONTENTS PREFACE 1 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2 Fin

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