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Departmental Staff

Volume 448: debated on Monday 3 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many women of minority ethnic origin are employed by his Department. (81235)

The total number of women of minority ethnic origin employed by the Department as at 1 April 2006, is shown as follows..

Female personnel by ethnicity minority declaration as at 1 April 2006

Number of females







1 Data in the table exclude locally engaged civilians, and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel for whom ethnicity data are not available.

2 Represents the number of female employees who self-declared that they were a member of an ethnic minority group. Of a total of 32,170 female civilians working for the Department as at 1 April 2006, 5,430 had not declared their ethnicity.

3 UK regular forces include nursing services and exclude full-time reserve service personnel, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.

4 Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for RAF, all RAF data for 1 April 2006 are provisional and subject to review.

5 Ethnicity figures are based on those with a known ethnic origin. Figures shown are full coverage estimates of the number of ethnic minorities that would be expected if ethnicity were known for all personnel.


All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.