HL Deb 08 March 2004 vol 658 c137WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the percentage breakdown of the staff of the Northern Ireland Equality Commission in terms of religion and gender. [HL1488]

Baroness Amos

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland provides this information in its annual report which is available in the Library.

The 2001–02 report included the following information on composition of ECNI staff at 31 January 2002.

Community Background Gender
Protestant Roman Catholic Non-Determined Female Male
42.3% 53.5% 4.2% 73.2%, 26.8%

The religious and gender imbalances have been recognised by the commission and identified in its review under Article 55 of the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998. An action plan to address these issues has been drawn up and adopted by the commission.