§ Mr. McAllion
To ask the Secretary of State for Employment which representative ethnic minority organisations his Department consulted before it included the Race Relations Employment Advisory Service in the Department's market-testing programme.
§ Mr. Oppenheim
There was no need for the Department to consult ethnic minority organisations before including the Race Relations Employment Advisory Service in its market testing programme. The RREAS is a self-contained organisation which offers advice and guidance on racial equality in employment directly to employers in the private and public sectors. The service has no formal links with ethnic minority organisations. There is no reason why any changes in its administration or management should impact on the work of such organisations.