HC Deb 25 June 2002 vol 387 cc798-9W
Mr. Grieve

To ask the Prime Minister which Government Departments have a Sikh adviser to advise on matters relating to the Sikh community; and how they are selected. [63611]

The Prime Minister

[holding answer 21 June 2002]: As part of the Government's commitment to diversity, a number of Departments employ diversity and equality advisers. These liaise with various communities on policy, operational and employment matters. Some of these, for example in the Department for Work and Pensions and the Ministry of Defence, focus specifically on issues relevant to the Sikh community. Comprehensive information on the numbers and specific remits of individual advisers is not held centrally.

Selection for all permanent civil service posts is based upon merit.