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Ethnic Minorities

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many ethnic minorities there are in each grade in his Department. [131739]

The number of staff of minority ethnic origin by responsibility level is set out in the table below.

Ethnic Origin of Permanent Staff in the Department for Constitutional Affairs (including the Court Service and the Public Guardianship Office) by Responsibility Level as at 31 August 2003

Grade equivalent

Ethnic minority staff

White staff

Not known

Total

Ethnic minority as percentage of known ethnic origin

AA/AO6604,3262,4427,42913.2
EO3331,7637892,88515.9
HEO/SEO1311,1934591,7839.9
Grade 6/7263641795696.7
SCS081361170
Total1,1507,7273,90612,78313

To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what research he has undertaken to assess the implications of the ending of the free legal advice and representation service to ethnic minorities; and if he will make a statement; [128328](2) what factors underlay the decision to end the free legal advice and representation service to ethnic minorities; what the benefits are of the changes he is proposing; and if he will make a statement.[128329]

I have assumed that the hon. Member is referring to the effect on the services currently provided to ethnic minority clients by the Immigration Advisory Service (IAS), following the proposed transfer of funding from the Home Office to the Legal Services Commission.

Closing arrears totals1
£
Courthouse/area1999–200022000–012001–022002–03
Gatesheadn/an/a461,028.08439,039.30
Newcastle upon Tyne563,330.36589,787.61979,945.41967,089.08
North Tyneside366,322.00454,551.00613.469.00587,985.00
Sunderlandn/a502,039.19600,256.41607,341.86
South Tyneside169,930.30181,144.84270,283.70358,126.63
Northumbria MCC32,008,3652,763,5053,201,5973,157,655
England and Wales227,361,076225,908,941246,481,521276,870,306
1The amount of the 'closing balance owed' that is in arrears.
2Current information collection commenced in 1999–2000 and data is not available prior to that year.
3To note: this data is incomplete, it does not include information on Houghton Le Spring.