Chancellor George Osborne turned down a chance to answer a question from a school child live on Sky News.

Seven-year-old Sam Raddings asked him what seven times eight is, and the flustered Chancellor eventually replied: "I've made it a rule in life not to answer a whole load of maths questions."

Watch the clip here via Mirror Online

Mr Osborne may take some comfort in the fact that half of adults in England have maths skills at the same level as expected of primary school children - that's an estimated 16.8million people.

For comparison, just 14.9% of working age people had literacy skills this poor (estimated 5.1m people), suggesting poor numeracy might be a bigger crisis than poor literacy.

So how good is your maths these days? Can you do the following sums without reaching for a calculator? Let us know how you got on by tweeting @getwestlondon or posting a comment below.

Question -1 of 15Score -0 of 0
Year 1 question: What is 16 - 4 =