Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Honours:Written question - 8595

(Feltham and Heston)
Asked on: 01 November 2019
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Honours
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what proportion of staff in his Department in receipt of each category of Honour in (a) December 2018 and (b) June 2019 were (i) from ethnic minority backgrounds and (ii) female aged (A) under 30, (B) 31 to 40, (C) 41 to 50 and (D) aged over 50.
Answered by: Mrs Heather Wheeler
Answered on: 05 November 2019

​The Government is committed to ensuring that the honours system is fully representative of UK society. The proportion of women and people from ethnic minorities receiving recognition on each domestic honours list is available on GOV.UK as is a breakdown of ethnicities of recipients is published on the Ethnicity Facts and Figures website at

Information on ages is not correlated with other diversity factors. The Government also publishes the proportion of honours by independent committee on GOV.UK. The numbers of honours recipients in the Department are small and vary from year to year. Releasing the requested data would identify the individuals and they have given permission for their data to be used for statistical purposes only.

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