HC Deb 31 January 2000 vol 343 cc417-8W
Mr. Stephen Twigg

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the percentage of(a) registered disabled people, (b) women, (c) people from ethnic minorities and (d) people from (i) independent schools, (ii) grammar schools and (iii) other schools that worked for the Post Office in each of the years (i) 1970, (ii) 1979, (iii) 1989 and (iv) 1999. [107011]

Mr. Alan Johnson

[holding answer 27 January 2000]The Post Office have supplied the following data on employees in 1999 derived from information voluntarily supplied on application forms:

Registered disabled 1.5
Women 20
Ethnic minorities 8.6

These percentages relate only to Post Office employees and do not include sub-postmasters. Historic data for earlier years is not readily available and details of educational establishments attended are not held.