§ Mr. Janner
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment whether he has taken positive action to remedy past inequalities in employment practices in his Department, in compliance with the codes of the Commission for Racial Equality and of the Equal Opportunities Commission, respectively.
§ Mr. Lee
The Department has taken several initiatives to encourage women and ethnic minorities into grades and areas of work in which they have been, or are, under-represented. Examples are positive encouragement to ethnic minorities to apply for jobs at levels where it is the Department's responsibility to recruit; for women to attend "women-only" management training courses run by the Civil Service College and the Department itself; and to both women and ethnic minority staff to enter and develop a career in computing within the department.