§ Mr. Gordon Prentice
To ask the Prime Minister what monitoring is undertaken of the ethnic balance among staff whose salaries are paid from the Civil List; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of such staff who are from ethnic minorities. 
§ The Prime Minister
The Personnel Office at Buckingham Palace maintains records of the ethnic origin of all Royal Household employees including those whose salaries are paid from the Civil List. Currently approximately 3 per cent. of Civil List employees are from ethnic minorities. The Royal Household is an equal opportunities employer (that is to say appointment and promotion are on ability without regard to sex, ethnic origin or religion).