HC Deb 17 March 1969 vol 780 cc8-9
14. Mr. Onslow

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what official statistics are maintained of the number of coloured staff employed in the Home Civil Service.

Mr. George Thomson

I have been asked to reply.

No official statistics are maintained, but Departments are able to make a rough estimate of the number they employ.

Mr. Onslow

How, then, was it possible for last September's issue of the Civil Service magazine Red Tape to quote a figure?

Mr. Thomson

I would require to look into that, but I suspect that it probably related to a rough estimate given to the House a short time before that, when a figure of 16,400 was given in answer to a Question.

Sir E. Boyle

Is not there a strong case for maintaining these statistics, without prejudice to the question of how or in what form they should be published?

Mr. Thomson

That is an important question, and I think that we should have a further look at the way in which such statistics should be collected. We have that rough estimate dating back to last summer. If the right hon. Gentleman would like, I will try to make more recent figures available in correspondence with him.