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Crown Prosecution Service: Equality

House of Lords written question – answered on 10th January 2011.

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Photo of Lord Stoddart of Swindon Lord Stoddart of Swindon Independent Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Crown Prosecution Service is taking action to reduce the predominance of women employees in the service, who outnumber men by a factor of three to one.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lord Wallace of Tankerness Lords Spokesperson (Attorney General's Office), Lords Spokesperson (Wales Office), The Advocate-General for Scotland, Lords Spokesperson (Scotland Office)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all of the staff that it employs. It does not operate a quota system for employees and does not plan to introduce one.

As of 30 September 2010, the CPS employed 2,846 men and 5,623 women. The CPS is reducing its workforce through the application of recruitment controls and will conduct an equality impact assessment on any future plans to facilitate further workforce reductions.

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