Ethnic groups

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on ethnic groups. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

DateDescription
31.12.2014The Equality Act 2010: caste discrimination
This note provides an overview of the concept of caste, explains the existing law and sets out the background to the order-making power in the Equality Act 2010.
28.10.2014Gypsies and Travellers: Planning Provisions
Gypsies and travellers have thier own specific section of Government planning policy. Government has made recent changes to give stronger protection to green belt land and also proposed further future changes. This is explained further in this note
12.09.2014Unemployment by ethnic background
The unemployment rate varies considerably among different ethnicities. This note analyses unemployment by ethnic background, with further breakdowns by age and gender.
08.09.2014Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page
Ethnicity and religion: Social Indicators page providing summary statistics on the ethnic and religious composition of the population.
24.01.2014Ethnic Minorities in Politics and Government
Following the 2010 General Election there were 27 black and minority ethnic MPs, 12 more than before the election, but they make up only 4.2% of all MPs. Therefore the Commons remains disproportionate compared to 12.9% of the UK population from a non-white background.

Research Papers

DateDescription
16.11.2001Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Bill, Parts IV and V:Immigration asylum race and religion (Bill 49 of 2001-02)
Anti-Terrorism Crime and Security Bill, Parts IV and V:Immigration, asylum race and religion (Bill 49 of 2001/02). House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/96.
08.03.2000Race Relations Amendment Bill (HL) Bill (Bill 60 of 1999/2000)
Race Relations Amendment Bill (HL) (Bill 60 of 1999/2000). House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/27.

Early Day Motions

DateDescription
05.12.2011ACHIEVEMENT OF CHILDREN FROM ETHNIC MINORITY BACKGROUNDS
That this House welcomes the joint venture between Wolverhampton University and Walsall Schools to promote the best educational practice that supports the attainment of children from ...
21.11.2011CLEARANCE OF THE ILLEGAL DALE FARM TRAVELLER SITE
That this House pays tribute to and congratulates Basildon Council, the bailiffs, the police and all other emergency services and agencies on their professionalism whilst clearing the ...
15.09.2011BEDOUINS AND THE GOVERNMENT OF ISRAEL
That this House is appalled at proposals by the Israeli government to re-settle Bedouin people living in so-called unrecognised villages in the Negev Desert into larger recognised settlements; ...
20.06.2011SITUATION OF THE NUBA PEOPLE
That this House expresses its deep concern at the attacks by Sudanese armed forces and alliedmilitias moving heavy artillery and aerial bombardment indiscriminately to destroy towns ...
09.06.2011TRAVELLERS IN PRISON
That this House notes with concern that HM Prison Service has been aware of its failure adequately to address the needs of Irish Travellers in prison in England and Wales; congratulates ...

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
12.06.2014Membership of the House of Lords: Ethnicity, Religion and Disability
Members of the House of Lords are not required to provide information about their ethnicity, religious beliefs or any disabilities they may have. However, there is continued interest in the representativeness of the House, as currently composed. This Library Note provides background information on this subject: it summarises existing research on the representation in the House of Lords of minority ethnic groups, religions and disability, and sets out some of the challenges in collecting and interpreting this information.

POST Papers

DateDescription
01.01.2007Ethnicity and health, January 2007
Ethnicity and health, January 2007. POSTnote 07/276.

Glossary

  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses