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Departmental Equality

Volume 487: debated on Monday 2 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 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 workforce. (246018)

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently hold information on gender, ethnicity, age and disability. The following tables contain diversity information from 1 January 2009.

Age ranges

Number of staff

16-19

14

20-24

205

25-29

742

30-34

25

35-39

959

40-44

1,122

45-49

799

50-54

609

55-59

441

60-64

183

65 and over

13

Total

5,912

Gender

Number

Male

3,485

Female

2,427

British minority ethnic

Total number

529

Percentage of total

8.9

Disability

Total number

205

Percentage of total

3.5

The figures for ethnicity and disability rely on declarations by staff, so will not include staff who have not yet entered diversity data or who have chosen not to. We do not seek information or keep data on sexual orientation or religious persuasion.

The FCO has recently formulated a new diversity and inclusion strategy, as required by the Cabinet Office. As part of this strategy, we will analyse our performance against targets for women, British minority ethnic staff and for staff with a declared disability. This information will be publicly available once the Cabinet Office has agreed the strategies for all Government Departments.

The figures above include staff serving in FCO Services, a trading fund of the FCO.