Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ethnic Groups

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 2nd August 2019.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Labour/Co-operative, Feltham and Heston

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many BAME staff are employed at (a) grade 7, (b) grade 5 and (c) grade 3 in his Department.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

As at 30 June, the number of BAME staff employed in the department for the grades requested is shown in the table below:

BAME Staff

SCS 2 (Grade 3)

Less than 5

SCS 1 (Grade 5)


Grade 7


As ethnic minority staff remain underrepresented at senior levels, the Civil Service set ambitious targets in June 2018 to increase the flow of ethnic minority civil servants into the SCS. Defra is committed to this activity.

Summary representation rates of ethnic minority SCS by department are published on the Civil Service diversity dashboard as at December 2018. At that time, Defra had 7.1% BAME SCS representation.

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