§ Mr. Wheeler
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on ethnic minority recruitment into the police.
Bury travel-to-work area North-West region South-East region United Kingdom 1979 March 2,680 200,168 292,358 1,402,254 June 2,768 200,701 265,885 1,343,865 September 2,970 206,962 280,876 1,394,526 December 2,860 199,301 267,640 1,355,458 1980 March 3,258 218,607 292,423 1,477,961 June 4,509 251,326 322,147 1,659,676 September 5,591 300,137 421,738 2,039,476 December 6,047 322,415 469,723 2,244,229 1981 March 6,907 352,600 533,900 2,484,700 June 7,671 386,327 583,278 2,680,470 September 8,397 428,234 684,055 2,998,789
§ Mr. Whitelaw
A study group was set up in March in response to Lord Scarman's recommendation that an urgent study should be made of ways of improving ethnic minority recruitment to the police.
I received its report last week and I am grateful to the members of the study group for its help. The study group has made detailed recommendations designed to increase the number of black and Asian applicants for appointment to the police service and the special constabulary and to ensure that the selection procedures do not present disproportionate obstacles to such candidates. They do not recommend changes in the entry qualifications but they identify positive steps which can be taken by forces to attract suitably qualified applicants from the minority communities and to help those who narrowly fail to meet the entry standards.
I have accepted those recommendations which call for action by my Department. I shall commend the other recommendations to police authorities and chief officers of police when copies of the report are sent to them. Copies of the report will also be sent to community relations councils by the Commission for Racial Equality. A copy is being placed in the Library of the House.