Government Departments: Sikhs:Written question - 184403

(Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Asked on: 26 October 2018
Cabinet Office
Government Departments: Sikhs
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, with reference to the judgment of Mandla (Sewa Singh) and another v Dowell Lee and others [1983] 2 AC 548, which Government Departments and agencies (a) do and (b) do not include Sikh as an ethnic group in their classifications.
Answered by: Oliver Dowden
Answered on: 12 November 2018

The Civil Service records data across a range of characteristics - at present, Sikh is recorded as a religion but not an ethnic group. Departments are advised to collect ethnicity, national identity and religion data in line with the GSS Harmonisation Principles to ensure consistency of workforce reporting across departments.

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