Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Ethnic Groups

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 10th September 2021.

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Photo of Ruth Jones Ruth Jones Shadow Minister (Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of Black and ethnic minority staff employed in his Department.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

As at 30 July, the Defra Ministerial department had 660 staff who had declared they were from a Black or Ethnic Minority background. This equates to 14% of staff who had made a declaration.

Each year as at 31 March and in line with all departments, Defra contributes to the Annual Civil Service Employment Survey which covers key Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Data. These statistics can be found here: Annual Civil Service statistics 2021. This shows the Department had 600 staff who had declared they were from a Black or Ethnic Minority background.

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