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Departmental Equality

Philip Davies: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose. [173817]

Angela Eagle: The Treasury is fully committed to the equality and diversity agenda. In the last three years the Treasury has promoted equality of opportunity for all, supported internal employee-diversity networks, funded diversity and equality events in the Department and funded diversity awareness raising seminars.

The Treasury has spent the following amounts on reasonable adjustments for staff with disabilities, on promoting equality and diversity by awareness raising events and on subscriptions (for example membership of the Employers Forum on Disability):

Amount (£)

2004-05

46,000

2005-06

61,679

2006-07

96,196


The Treasury introduced a Child-Care Voucher Scheme in 2004 as part of its work to promote equality and diversity. The costs for child-care vouchers are:

Amount (£)

2004-05

120,000

2005-06

172,531

2006-07

139,370


In 2004-05 the staff costs for the Treasury’s diversity team (three members of staff) were £91,000.

Following a restructuring, in 2005, the staff costs for one member of staff were:

Amount (£)

2005-06

26,500

2006-07

27,000


Another 80 to 100 employees are involved in promoting diversity in the Department i.e. members of
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diversity support groups, diversity champions and senior staff sponsors. Staff costs for this work are not available.

Employment

Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were in full-time employment in each year since 1997; [181287]

(2) how many people in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were employed in each year since 1997; [181288]

(3) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were unemployed in each year since 1997; [181289]

(4) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were in part-time employment in each year since 1997; [181372]

(5) how many people in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were in temporary employment in each year since 1997. [181373]

Angela Eagle: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 25 January 2008:


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Table 1: Number of people employed between 1997 and 2006
Thousand
UK North East
Full-time Part-time Temporary Full-time Part-time Temporary

1997( 1)

Age 16+

19,752

6,594

774

279

Working Age

19,534

6,026

769

266

1998( 1)

Age 16+

19,997

6,654

1,678

775

272

78

Working Age

19,784

6,096

1,611

772

254

76

1999( 1)

Age 16+

20,142

6,756

1,622

755

285

75

Working Age

19,918

6,162

1,551

749

267

72

2000( 1)

Age 16+

20,283

6,885

1,616

787

277

78

Working Age

20,052

6,282

1,545

782

259

75

2001( 1)

Age 16+

20,687

6,930

1,585

796

279

78

Working Age

20,448

6,321

1,509

791

262

75

2002( 1)

Age 16+

20,696

7,086

1,534

801

280

71

Working Age

20,448

6,449

1,448

795

266

69

2003( 1)

Age 16+

20,765

7,134

1,325

807

282

63

Working Age

20,491

6,456

1,253

800

265

61

2004( 2)

Age 16+

20,835

7,182

1,116

813

285

56

Working Age

20,535

6,463

1,058

805

265

53

2005( 2)

Age 16+

20,930

7,229

1,265

820

286

61

Working Age

20,603

6,464

1,192

812

264

58

2006( 2)

Age 16+

21,025

7,276

1,415

828

287

66

Working Age

20,671

6,466

1,326

819

264

63


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