Public Sector: Recruitment

House of Lords written question – answered on 23rd January 2015.

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

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of press reports that recruits to the armed forces are to be questioned about their sexual orientation, other public organisations require such information to be revealed by job applicants.

Photo of Baroness Garden of Frognal Baroness Garden of Frognal Lords Spokesperson (Women & Equalities), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

Monitoring the diversity of job applicants is a matter for each public body, though many public bodies do this in order to improve their equality and diversity monitoring more generally.

Public authorities may often collect such information to demonstrate they are complying with the public sector equality duty in the Equality Act 2010.

Job applicants should always have a choice about whether to reply.

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