HC Deb 23 March 1999 vol 328 c174W
Mr. Vaz

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to increase ethnic minority recruitment in the police service. [77348]

Mr. Boateng

Individual targets will be set for each force for the recruitment, retention and progression of ethnic minority officers. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary is chairing a National Conference on the Recruitment, Retention and Progression of Black and Asian Officers in April for chief constables and police authority chairs. The Conference will be addressing issues such as: force recruitment; promotion schemes and personnel practice.