§ Mr. Janner
asked the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food how many of the applicants for the post of equal opportunities officer in his Department, were (a) white males, (b) white females, (c) males of Afro-Caribbean or Asian origin or (d) females of Afro-Caribbean or Asian origin.
§ Mr. Jopling
It is not the practice to fill posts of this nature by inviting staff to apply for them. Existing staff in personnel units have been designated as equal opportunity officers on the basis of their overall suitability and not on the basis of sex or ethnic origin. Equal opportunity matters are not their sole responsibility.