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Police: Ethnic Groups

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) proportion of ethnic minorities in the population of each police force area, (b) proportion of ethnic minority police officers in each police force and (c) proportion of ethnic minority police officers of each rank in each police force was on the latest date for which figures are available. (201932)

The information is as follows:

(a) The requested information is not available. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) mid-year population estimates are used to calculate police officer rates per hundred thousand residents. The data used to calculate these populations by police force area do not contain details of ethnicity. Further information about Home Office use of ONS data can be found on:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/population_stats.html

In 1999, my then predecessor published a 10-year target relating to the achievement of a representative workforce. The targets for the police service were based on Labour Force Survey data from 1996 to 1998 and reflected the number of economically active ethnic minority individuals aged between 18 and 54. These targets are given in Table 17 of the latest annual publication which can be found on:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/race-equality-targets-2006-07

(b), (c) The requested information can be found in Table 7 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Police Service Strength, England and Wales, 31 March 2007". The bulletin can be found in the House Libraries or on:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs07/hosb1307.pdf