§ Mr. Janner
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what steps he has taken to recruit women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled people, respectively, in top grades of employment at his Department.
§ Mr. Howard
Recruitment to my Department at grade 8 and above is always by means of public open competition. Applicants are considered entirely on their suitability for the post in question under the supervision of the Office of the Civil Service Commissioners irrespective of gender, ethnic origin or disablement.