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Senior appointments (2017)

Request

I am conducting research into Senior appointments in the Civil Service and Parliament.
As diversity monitoring information is now routinely collected by Government Departments, I would appreciate your assistance in this matter.

 

Response

You asked for information about Senior Appointments in the House Commons, which we have sought to answer below.

  1. Senior Appointments in House of Commons - Candidate Profiles
    Some information is held by the House of Commons.
    Details of senior appointments in House of Commons.
    Please note, we do not ask for applicant age or report on this, and therefore we are unable to provide data for this particular characteristic. Please also note, information on applicants are only kept for one year and therefore we do not hold data for the entirety of your request (no figures for 2015).
    To ensure staff anonymity, some information has been withheld. This is because in some instances, owing to low numbers of staff involved (fewer than 10) disclosing this data may make it possible for individuals to be identified; in some cases sensitive personal data is involved, and is exempt by virtue of section 40 (2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the exemption for personal information), as disclosure of this information to the public generally, in the House’s view, would not be consistent with data protection principles in the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA). This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
    The House of Commons is always reviewing its work to continue to improve its progression towards becoming a more diverse and inclusive organisation. It has been accredited as a Stonewall top 100 employer for 2017 and with a Silver Award in the Disability Standard by the Business Disability Forum in 2016. Further information about diversity and inclusion at the House of Commons is available on the Parliament website. 
  2. Executive Search & Recruitment Consultants
    Please provide details of executive search consultants used to recruit Senior Level positions in your organisation; the number of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) individuals recruited as a results and annual spend on each agency for 2015, 2016 & 2017.
    Information relating to the ethnicity of individuals recruited through executive search consultants, as described in your request, is not held by the House of Commons. This information is held externally, by the provider themselves, and is not recorded by the House of Commons.
    Additionally, the House of Commons does not hold information on the annual spend on each agency, for recruiting senior level positions only, as described in your request. We are unable to disaggregate the costs for this from the overall total spend. The costs include, for example, the recruitment of lay members on select committees who are not employees of the House of Commons.  If you wish to know further information about agency spend, you can submit a request for information to the House of Commons and we will do our best to assist you.
  3. How often were diversity and inclusion issues discussed by the senior most Executive team within your organisation in 2015, 2016 and 2017? Number of occasions? Please provides dates if possible. Length of discussion (in minutes)
    Some information is held by the House of Commons. The House of Commons Executive Committee is responsible for the management of the services provided by the Departments of the House of Commons.
    Details of minutes, agendas and associated papers for Executive Committee meetings up until July 2017 are publicly available on the parliamentary website.
    From this information it is possible to ascertain how often and when D&I issues were discussed.
    As this information is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the FOIA, your request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
    Details of future meetings will also be published on the website. Please note that the length of discussions in minutes is not recorded, and therefore not held by the House of Commons.
  4. Does your organisation publish minutes of board or equivalent level meetings?
    and
  5. If yes, can you provide minutes where diversity and inclusion was discussed by the Senior most appointed Executive team in 2015, 2016 and 2017. (Please send minutes as attachments or provide links to minutes below.)
    and
  6. If no, when you do envisage the organisation publishing minutes of meetings as per ICO guidance under the The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA)? Please provide a date
    Some information is held by the House of Commons. The Management Board which supports the Executive Committee meet weekly to focus on operational performance.
    Details of Management Board decisions are also routinely published on the parliamentary website. From this information it is possible to ascertain how often and when D&I issues were discussed.
    As this information is reasonably accessible to you otherwise than under the FOIA, your request is refused. In refusing your request the House is applying the exemption set out in section 21 (1) and (2) (a) of the FOIA. This is an absolute exemption and the public interest test does not apply.
    Details of future meetings will also be published on the website. Please note that the length of discussions in minutes is not recorded, and therefore not held by the House of Commons.
  7. Please can you state the number of discrimination and harassment complaints received from employees by your organisation for protected characteristics, as defined under Equality Act (2010).
    and
  8. How many of these complaints were resolved in-house?
    and
  9. How many of these complaints were taken to an Employment Tribunal?
    and
  10. How many of these complaints were taken beyond a Tribunal?
    and
  11. Expenditure of your organisation in defending cases at Employment Tribunals and in court (including the cost of internal and external legal representation).
    and
  12. Expenditure on settling the cases outside of a Tribunal or court (including the cost of internal and external legal representation).
    This information is not held by the House of Commons because complaints received by the House of Commons HR team are not held or categorised by type of complaint as specified in your request (i.e. if the complaint relates to discrimination and harassment).