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Private Office Staff

Volume 447: debated on Wednesday 14 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of his private office staff is (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled. (68995)

DWP Private Office consists of seven Ministers’ offices, the Permanent Secretary’s office, the Special Advisers office and the Parliamentary and Correspondence Teams. Of a total 73 staff in post, the percentage of Private Office staff in the Department for Work and Pensions who are recorded as (a) male, (b) female and (c) disabled is as follows:

(a) 41 per cent. male

(b) 59 per cent. female

(c)The number of disabled staff included in the above is between 0-4. The Civil Service Code of Practice prevents diversity data being declared when small numbers are involved in order to protect the identity of individuals.

It should be noted that departmental records of disability are solely based on voluntary declarations of disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.