HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 cc449-50W
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
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
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
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.

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