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Departmental Manpower

Volume 495: debated on Monday 29 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people from ethnic minority backgrounds his Department employs. (282299)

To monitor the effectiveness of its equal opportunities policies, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) monitors its work force in a number of areas. While the monitoring of community background is mandatory for NIO staff in Northern Ireland, information on other categories, including ethnicity, is provided by staff on a voluntary basis. Records show that 13 staff in the NIO Core Department have declared they are from an ethnic minority background.