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Departmental Equality

Volume 476: debated on Tuesday 20 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008. (204715)

The latest published statistics against overall civil service targets were at October 2007 and are available on the civil service website at

http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/diversity/monitoring.asp.

The final measurement against the targets will be published this autumn.

The Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills was formed as a result of Machinery of Government changes in June 2007. The Department has information about the composition of its staff from two separate databases taken from its predecessor Departments and equality-related information on staff is also collected on different bases and definitions. There are also significant levels of non-declaration in key areas of equality-related information. Preliminary analysis suggests the following staff composition but this needs to be validated as we move on to a common data collection system next year:

Currently three of 10 members of the DIUS board and three of four non-executive board members are women;

20 per cent. of the top management posts (Permanent Secretary and Director General posts) are held by women (the Cabinet Office target is 30 per cent.);

32 per cent. of DIUS senior civil servants are women (the Cabinet Office target for the whole civil service is 37 per cent.); however, of all staff around half are women;

Where ethnic origin has been declared, some 6 per cent. of the total employee population are from a black and ethnic minority (BME) background. This proportion exceeds the Cabinet Office target (4 per cent.) for the work force as a whole;

With the same caveat about the limitations of available information, 1 per cent. of the SCS are from a black and ethnic minority background (Cabinet Office target is 4 per cent.);

Where status is known, disabled people form 8 per cent. of the total employee population, which exceeds the Cabinet Office target (of 3.2 per cent.).