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Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what progress has been made with the work of the Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force. (82484)

I have been asked to reply.

The Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force (EMETF) has met regularly since its inception in 2003. Details of its work to fulfil the recommendations of the Strategy Unit's report, “Ethnic Minorities and the Labour Market” (March 2003), have been presented annually to the Economic Affairs, Productivity and Competitiveness (EAPC) by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and are available at www.emetaskforce.gov.uk and copies have been placed in the Library.

In 2005, the Task Force was also given responsibility for taking forward the main conclusions of the National Employment Panel's report: “Enterprising People: Enterprising Places” (May 2005). Current priorities include work on the City Strategy; developing an outreach service to focus on non-working ethnic minority partners in low income households; expanding the data and research evidence base; and developing the opportunities presented by the Olympics to raise ethnic minority employment.

The third EMETF annual report will be published later this year and will include the findings of the independent review to be undertaken in the Autumn. The EMETF is supported and advised by the Ethnic Minority Advisory Group (EMAG) which has a membership comprising members of the ethnic minority voluntary, business and training sectors, faith groups, academics and its chair sits on the EMETF.