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Departmental Manpower

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 30 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many people from ethnic minority backgrounds his Department employs. (282291)

Declaration of ethnicity is voluntary at the Department for International Development (DFID). As at the end of March 2009, and where ethnicity of our home civil service (HCS) staff in post is known, there were 154 staff with a declared ethnic minority background. This represents 12.4 per cent. of our HCS staff.