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Departmental Manpower

Volume 477: debated on Friday 20 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills 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. (208395)

In my Department, the breakdown of staff is as follows:

(a) 434 male (49.7 per cent. of all staff),

(b) 440 female (50.3 per cent. of all staff),

(c) 56 declared from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds (6.4 per cent. of all staff),

297 not known (34.0 per cent.), 16 prefer not to say (1.8 per cent.),

(d) 67 have declared a disability (7.7 per cent.), 451 not known (51.6 per cent.), 21 prefer not to say (2.4 per cent.),

(e) 66 declared as not heterosexual (7.6 per cent.), 337 not known (38.6 per cent.), 246 prefer not to say (28.1 per cent. ) - this category applies to ex-DFES figures only.

The percentage proportions are based on a total of 874 staff in DIUS.

Departmental records on the numbers of BME staff are based on voluntary self declaration on the basis of the categories used in the 2001 census. Records on the numbers of disabled staff are also solely based on voluntary self-declaration of being a disabled person as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act; and not connected in any way to a formal register of disability.