No official instructions
Although the need to reform existing qualifications in literacy and numeracy for adults - of which there were 60 - was discussed frequently, it did not dominate. If it had, few other recommendations would have been produced. Furthermore, we were never told by ministers or officials that "the minister insisted that a national system of testing should be introduced". In fact, they gave few, if any, instructions.
Alan Wells Director, The Basic Skills Agency Commonwealth House 1-19 New Oxford Street London WC1