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Civil Service: Ethnicity and Gender Balance

Volume 698: debated on Monday 21 January 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 13 December (WA 78) concerning their policy that the Civil Service should be representative of the population that it serves in respect of gender, black and minority ethnic and disability, what targets they have for male and female heterosexuals, male and female homosexuals, black and other ethnic minorities and disabled persons. [HL1183]

There are targets for the senior Civil Service in relation to black and other ethnic minorities and disabled persons. These targets are found at www.civilservice.gov.uk/about/diversity/monitoring.asp. There are no service-wide targets on black and other ethnic minorities, or disabled people at other grades. There is no service-wide monitoring of sexual orientation. The new diversity strategy for the Civil Service will be published in 2008.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 13 December (WA 78), how they define disabled persons. [HL1184]

The definition of a disabled person used by Her Majesty's Government is the same as that found in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 13 December (WA 78), whether they seek to ensure that the Civil Service is representative of the population as a whole in respect of religious belief. [HL1185]