§ Mr. Watson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many race equality councils, or community relations councils, were in existence each year since 1988; and how many race equality officers, or their equivalent, grant-aided by the Commission for Racial Equality, were in post in each of these years.
§ Mr. Peter Lloyd
The number of racial equality councils—RECs—funded by the Commission for Racial Equality under section 44 of the Race Relations Act 1976 from 1988 is as follows. Almost all of these also receive local authority funding.
Number 1988 85 1989 84 1990 83 1991 91
Number 1992 88 1993 91
These figures do not include RECs which are funded only by the local authority. In 1993 the total number of RECs in the country was approximately 104.
The numbers of racial equality officers funded by the Commission for Racial Equality since 1988 is as follows:
Number 1988 199 1989 191 1990 201 1991 211 1992 192 1993 150