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Civil Service (Investigation)

Volume 981: debated on Friday 28 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Fair Employment Agency's investigation of the senior ranks of the Civil Service in Northern Ireland, specifying the reasons for the inquiry and for its limitation to senior ranks; and what will be done with the results of the investigation.

I understand that the purpose of the investigation is to enable the agency to ascertain whether there is equality of opportunity in the Northern Ireland Civil Service and, if not, what action—if any—for promoting equality of opportunity ought to be taken. The investigation extends to all non-industrial civil servants and is not restricted to senior ranks.I also understand that any report of the investigation may be pubished at the discretion of the agency.