HC Deb 05 November 1986 vol 103 cc460-1W
Mr. Knox

asked the Paymaster General when his Department will be appointing an adviser on race relations.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

There was a strong field of applicants for this appointment. Unfortunately, none of the suitable candidates combined sufficient industrial or business experience with other qualities to satisfy all the needs of the job as I should have hoped to see it develop. No appointment will therefore be made. However, we are inviting two of the candidates to be members of the Department's race relations employment advisory group, to which I am sure they could make a valuable contribution.