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Ethnic Minorities: Manpower

Volume 497: debated on Monday 12 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people from ethnic minority backgrounds are employed by his Department. (287972)

On 31 July 2009 (the latest date for which figures are available) 6,388 of the 69,677 Ministry of Justice employees who voluntarily declared their ethnicity, were recorded as Black or Minority Ethnic (BME). This represents 9.1 per cent. of all employees with known ethnicity. There are 10,544 members of staff who have not declared their ethnic origin and so we are unable to provide figures for them.