Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 22nd September 2020.

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Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, which organisations the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities has called on to give evidence.

Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, for how long the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities plans to consult interested parties.

Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether the opportunity to give evidence to the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities will be open to anyone or by invitation only.

Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, whether she has had discussions with the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities on organisations to exclude from its consultation.

Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to Public Health England’s review of the effect of covid-19 on BAME communities, whether she has written to all stakeholders who engaged with that review on continuing that work.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch The Exchequer Secretary

The Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities will engage across Government, and with as broad a range of public bodies, the voluntary and private sectors, and members of the public as is possible over the course of its duration.

The Commission will be launching a public call for evidence in due course. Organisations or individuals seeking to submit evidence to the Commission can already do so if they wish - contact details are published on its website. No discussions have been had about organisations to exclude from consultation.

Finally, on 10 August the Minister for Equalities, Kemi Badenoch MP, wrote to all of the stakeholders who participated in the Public Health England review thanking them for their contribution and asking whether they wished to be involved in future engagement. A number of the stakeholders responded positively to this and the Race Disparity Unit has included them in its ongoing engagement strategy.

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