HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 cc432-3W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the use by Government Departments of the terms "white" and "coloured" people, whether she will issue an instruction that Africans, West Indians, Nigerians, Indians and Pakistanis, and other groups should not be classified together as coloured but given their appropriate racial classification in all official Government publications and statements.

The Prime Minister

No. A variety of classifications of population are already in common use and the different circumstances in which it may be necessary to describe a population are so various that I am not persuaded that a hard and fast rule would be desirable.