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Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury, Labour)

To ask the Attorney-General how many and what proportion of senior civil servants in the Serious Fraud Office were from an ethnic minority background in March (a) 2010, (b) 2011 and (c) 2012.

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Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield, Conservative)

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) collects diversity data in line with the “Best practice guidance on monitoring equality and diversity in employment” and the “National Statistics Code of Practice”. This requires that all diversity data is collected on the understanding that it will be used anonymously and no statistics will be published where a number might be less than five. This ensures the anonymity of the data and protects staff confidentiality.

During the years covered by the question SFO have employed relatively few individuals graded at SCS, and are therefore unable to disclose the information requested for the reason mentioned above.

The Office for National Statistics routinely publishes data on the civil service and this includes data on ethnicity. The latest available figures can be found at:

http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/pse/civil-service-statistics/2011/stb---civil-service-statistics-2011.html

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