§ Lord Stoddart of Swindon
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether the Equal Opportunities Commission has introduced targets for employment in its own organisation for male and ethnic minority staff and, if so, what are the target figures and whether the Government support such figures.
§ Baroness Blackstone
Since January of this year the Equal Opportunities Commission has a target to move from the current staff ratio of 801 women: 201 men to one of 70:30. It will reassess this target after two years. As ethnic minorities represent 51 of its staff the Commission has set no target in this regard. Whilst positive discrimination in filling individual vacancies is unlawful, targets are seen by the Government as a useful means of assessing progress towards a more balanced workforce.