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Race Relations

Volume 406: debated on Wednesday 11 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what progress has been made in her Department and non-departmental public bodies on implementing the requirements of the Race Relations Amendment Act 2000; and if she will publish the results of the monitoring required by the Act. [117470]

In the middle of 2002, my Department publicly consulted on a draft Race Equality Scheme for DTI and its non-departmental public bodies. These comprise six Executive Agencies, seven Research Councils, 11 executive non-departmental public bodies, 24 advisory non-departmental public bodies and seven tribunals. The draft included a description of DTI's employment practices and of its policy programmes, categorised as having a "high", "moderate" or "low" likely impact on race equality. This consultation resulted in excess of 53,000 hits to the draft scheme on our website, and at the end of December 2002, the results were confirmed and published as DTI's final Race Equality Scheme. Both the analysis of the responses and the final Race Equality Scheme are available on the website or in hard copy. The Scheme includes a commitment to annual monitoring and appropriate publication.