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Departmental Equality

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 14 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what information his Department holds on the (a) sex, (b) ethnicity, (c) age, (d) disability, (e) sexual orientation and (f) religion or belief of its staff; and what assessment he has made of his Department’s performance against its targets relating to diversity in its work force. (246026)

The Department holds information on all categories listed. Information on ethnicity, disability, religion and sexual orientation is based on voluntary, self-declaration.

The Department’s diversity targets to 2013 and current position are set out in the following table.

Percentage

Under-represented groups

July to September 2008

Target for 2013

Women in Senior Civil Service (SCS)

47.37

50

Women in top management positions

48.15

50

BME in SCS

1.75

8

Disabled in SCS

2.63

6

Women in feeder grades1

51.66

50

BME in feeder grades1

6.65

10

Disabled staff feeder grades1

6.65

8

1 Feeder grades are employees in grade 6 and 7. Percentages are based on those who have declared (a number of employees have chosen not to).