To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will make a statement on ethnic minority representation in the Senior Civil Service. 
The Civil Service is making progress on increasing the representation of minority ethnic staff at Senior Civil Service level.As at October 2002, 2.8 per cent. of staff at this level were from a minority ethnic background. This is up from 1.6 per cent. in April 1998, and represents good progress towards our target of 3.2 per cent. by 2004–05.There is a range of action in place to ensure sustained action to improve representation at senior levels.