Security Services: Equality

Home Department written question – answered on 10th March 2009.

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Photo of Patrick Mercer Patrick Mercer Conservative, Newark

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what proportion of (a) field-based and (b) office-based Security Service officers were of each (a) ethnicity, (b) religious faith and (c) sex in each year since 2001.

Photo of Vernon Coaker Vernon Coaker Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing, Crime & Security)

The available information on ethnicity and gender is provided in the following table. Similar information by religious faith is not available. The Security Service does not record such information differentiating between field-based and office-based staff.

Gender Ethnicity
Numbers of females Percentage of females Numbers of black minority ethnic Percentage of black minority ethnic
2001 882 46.4 62 3.3
2002 902 46.4 72 3.6
2003 993 47.4 83 4.0
2004 1,061 47.6 103 4.6
2005 1,107 46.5 116 4.9
2006 1,156 44.5 158 6.1
2007 1,260 43.9 189 6.6
2008 1,386 41.9 227 6.9
2009 1,454 41.8 237 6.8
Note:

All figures are as at 1 April, except 2009 which is as at 1 January. In line with Whitehall practice, ethnic monitoring is carried out on the basis of self declaration and is calculated as a percentage of those declaring ethnic origin—the response rate is around 98 per cent.

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