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Departmental Manpower

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 12 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many and what proportion of his Department's employees are (a) male, (b) female, (c) from an ethnic minority, (d) disabled and (e) not heterosexual; and if he will make a statement. (208392)

The latest available data on the disability status and ethnic background of civil servants in Departments and Agencies are as at 30 September 2006 and are published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as Civil Service Statistics 2006. Information can be accessed from the following websites:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/StatBase/Product.asp?vlnk=2899 &Pos=&ColRank=1&Rank=422

and

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_labour/2006 CivilServiceStatistics.pdf

The data for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), its agency Wilton Park, and FCO Services—its Trading Fund—are as follows:

Number

Percentage

Declared disabled

250

4

Ethnic Minority

480

7.8

The latest available data on the gender of civil servants are as at 31 December 2007 and are published by the ONS, as part of their wider Quarterly Public Sector Employment Statistics. Information can be accessed from the following website:

http://www.statistics.gov.uk/STATBASE/Product.asp?vlnk=13615

The data for the FCO are as follows:

Number

Percentage

Female

2,520

41.3

Male

3,580

58.7

We do not collect or publish information on civil servants' sexual orientation. Declaration of ethnicity and disability status is voluntary. The FCO encourages all staff to declare their ethnicity and any disability. The FCO is committed to embracing and harnessing difference, creating equality of opportunity and eliminating discrimination. We aim to achieve this as an employer, a service provider and a policy developer.