HC Deb 29 February 2000 vol 345 cc203-4W
Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many senior civil servants from an ethnic minority background are employed in his Department; and how many of them are(a) men and (b) women. [110684]

Mr. Ingram

The Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) is in the process, for the first time, of introducing monitoring of ethnic origin. Consequently, ethnic origin data will not be available until later this year. Home Civil Servants (HCS) employed in the Northern Ireland Office are already subject to monitoring, but none at Senior Civil Service level are from an ethnic minority background.

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