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Public Servants

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the change in (a) numbers and (b) percentages of those employees classified as (i) Protestants, (ii) Roman Catholics and (iii) non-determined in the (A) Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, (B) Northern Ireland Housing Executive, (C) Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland and (D) general service grades of the Northern Ireland Civil Service between 1999 and 2006. (75948)

Information on the perceived community background of staff in the specified organisations is set out in the following table. The figures are given at 1 January 1999 and 2006 (except for the Equality Commission which only came into being on 1 October 1999) and include permanent staff but exclude those on career breaks.

19992006

Number

Percentage

Number

Percentage

Equality Commission1

Protestant

47

40

49

35

Roman Catholic

66

56

80

57

Non Determined

5

4

11

8

Total

118

100

140

100

NI Housing Executive

Protestant

1,512

50.8

1,51.6

47.4

Roman Catholic

1,392

46.7

1,652

51.6

Non Determined

75

2.5

32

1.0

Total

2,979

100

3,200

100

Child Support Agency

Protestant

502

49.6

800

44.0

Roman Catholic

471

46.5

992

54.6

Non Determined

39

3.9

25

1.4

Total

1,012

100.0

1,817

100.0

NICS General Service2

Protestant

7,839

52.0

9,487

48.7

Roman Catholic

6,827

45.3

9,722

49.9

Non Determined

409

2.7

286

1.5

Total

15,075

100.0

19,495

100.0

1 Figures given at 1 January 2000 and 1 January 2006.

2 Includes staff in the Child Support Agency.