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Equality: Race

Volume 709: debated on Tuesday 24 March 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 10 March (WA 228–29), how they define minority ethnic people. [HL2139]

In our discussion paper Tackling Race Inequalities, to which I referred in my reply to the noble Lord Ouseley on 10 March (Official Report, col. WA 229), we use the term “Black, Asian and minority ethnic” to mean people from “visible” ethnic groups such as Black, South Asian and Chinese people and also Gypsies and Travellers. However, the Government are not prescriptive in their wider use of the term “minority ethnic” and use the terms “Black and minority ethnic”, “Black, Asian and minority ethnic”, “ethnic minority” and “minority ethnic” interchangeably.