Ministry of Justice: Travellers

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 23rd April 2018.

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Photo of Kate Green Kate Green Labour, Stretford and Urmston

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the oral contribution of the Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General of 2 November 2016, Official Report, column 879, and pursuant to the Answer of 3 April 2018 to Question 134113, on Travellers: Equality, what meetings (a) he and (b) his predecessors have had since 2016 with the Minister for the Cabinet Office on using the 2011 census classifications that differentiate Gypsies and Travellers.

Photo of Phillip Lee Phillip Lee The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Race Disparity Audit Inter Ministerial Group chaired by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster discusses matters pertaining to the progress of the Race Disparity Audit, including on the collection of ethnicity data. The IMG includes Ministerial representation from the Ministry of Justice.

The Ministry of Justice is actively supporting the Cabinet Office’s Race Disparity Unit, which is working with the Office for National Statistics to further progress the harmonisation of ethnicity data across the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and to improve the coverage of ethnic groups, including Gypsy, Roma and Travellers.

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