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Government Departments: Race Equality Targets

Volume 703: debated on Thursday 10 July 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Which government departments achieved their race equality targets for 2007–08; which have not; what targets have not been achieved; why those targets were not achieved; and what they will do to fulfil their legal obligations in this respect. [HL4393]

Public bodies, including the Civil Service, have a statutory race equality duty to promote equality of opportunity, community cohesion, and eliminate harassment and discrimination. Individual departments are responsible for publishing details of their own race equality schemes that set out how they propose to meet their legal obligations. Schemes are regularly reviewed by departments. The new diversity and equality strategy for the Civil Service will be published in due course.