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Ethnic Diversity

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to promote ethnic diversity in the workplace. (85492)

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has a public service agreement (shared with the Department for Work and Pensions) to significantly increase the employment rate of ethnic minorities. DTI is part of the Ethnic Minority Employment Task forceā€”the Government-wide group tasked with increasing ethnic minority employment.

The DTI also brought in regulations outlawing workplace discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

DTI funds ACAS and BusinessLink who both provide advice to businesses on equality issues and increasing ethnic diversity in the workforce.