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Armed Forces And Ethnic Minorities

Volume 477: debated on Wednesday 25 June 1986

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What proportion of the armed forces belong to any of the ethnic minority groups; andWhat proportion of those members of the armed forces who reach NCO rank are drawn from the ethnic minorities.

The information requested is not held.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether any soldier from the ethnic minorities participated in the Trooping the Colour.

asked Her Majesty's Government:Whether they are at present implementing measures to improve recruitment in the armed forces with respect to ethnic minorities.

The armed forces are already equal opportunity employers under the terms of the Race Relations Act 1976. Recruitment into the armed forces is by merit alone.