HL Deb 17 June 1999 vol 602 cc46-7WA
Lord Harris of Haringey

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of:

  1. (a) permanent teachers;
  2. (b) fixed-term teachers; and
  3. (c) casual teachers,

employed in further education colleges in England in 1996–97 were white and non-white respectively. [HL2895]

The Minister of State, Department for Education and Employment (Baroness Blackstone)

The Further Education Funding Council collects and publishes information on staffing numbers in further education colleges. It is compulsory that full-time staff and some part-time staff indicate their ethnic origin but voluntary for part-time staff on shorter contracts. The published analysis does not differentiate between part-time and casual staff.

For those staff identifying their ethnic origin, 6 per cent. of full-time staff and 6.8 per cent. of part-time staff identified themselves as non-white.

These figures are broadly similar to the proportion of non-whites in the population.