HC Deb 06 March 1996 vol 273 c248W
Mr. Robert McCartney

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull, North (Mr. McNamara) of 18 December,Official Report, column 940, what consideration is being given to the classification of people from Northern Ireland within a possible Irish category in the next census. [18527]

Mr. Horam

I have been asked to reply.

It has now been decided to test various changes to the ethnic origin question, including incorporating a separate Irish category. To date no case has been made by users to classify people from Northern Ireland separately and therefore this is currently not being considered.