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Census: Ethnic Groups

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office to what extent the equality impact assessment conducted by the Office for National Statistics in respect of the 2011 census question development considered the effect on equality of how public bodies use the ethnic group data in meeting the Race Relations Act public sector duties. (320531)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply. Copies of the letters will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the Office for National Statistics sets a minimum threshold for the number of respondents to a specified ethnic group category in deciding on its inclusion or continued inclusion in the Census. (320532)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply. Copies of the letters will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office whether the equality impact assessment conducted by the Office for National Statistics in respect of the 2011 Census question considered the effect on equality of not including legally defined races within the mandatory ethnic group question; and if she will make a statement. (320533)

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply. Copies of the letters will be placed in the Libraries of the House.