§ Mr. Keith Hill
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed by his Department to provide advice on the application of equal opportunities; and at what cost in the last year for which figures are available. 
§ Sir John Wheeler
The Northern Ireland civil service has sought to integrate equal opportunities advice and good practice into all its personnel arrangements both in terms of day to day personnel and in strategic, policy terms. It is not, therefore, possible to isolate either the 169W costs or numbers of staff employed in Departments to provide advice on the application of equal opportunities policies.