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Employment: Religion

Volume 502: debated on Thursday 10 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Catholics and (b) Protestants were employed in the (i) private and (ii) public sectors in Northern Ireland in each of the past 30 years; how many Catholics and Protestants were employed in the (A) Fire Service, (B) Police Service and (C) Civil Service in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of the working age population of each community each of these figures represented. (302336)

Employment figures for the total number of Catholics and Protestants employed by the private and public sectors in Northern Ireland and for the proportions of each community that these figures represent are a matter for the Northern Ireland Administration; figures relating to the Fire Service and Northern Ireland Civil Service are also a matter for the Northern Ireland Administration.

The Chief Constable has provided the following table which gives the number of Catholics and Protestants employed as police officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.

Regular police officers

Protestant

Catholic

Not determined

As a percentage of total economically active Protestants1

As a percentage of total economically active Catholics1

2000

7,517

713

286

1.87

0.24

2001

7,365

706

281

1.83

0.24

2002

6,334

642

251

1.58

0.21

2003

6,117

840

236

1.52

0.28

2004

6,088

1,018

226

1.52

0.34

2005

6,025

1,265

206

1.50

0.42

2006

5,868

1,427

197

1.46

0.48

2007

5,759

1,588

195

1.43

0.53

2008

5,480

1,743

185

1.36

0.58

2009

5,305

1,904

184

1.32

0.64

1 This information has been derived from the Summary Report of Northern Ireland 2001 Population Census. Economically active persons are those aged 16 to 64.

Total number of economically active Protestants—401,473;

Total number of economically active Catholics—299,218.