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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01455: Alex Rowley (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 13 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the finding in the Equal Opportunities committee report in session four, Removing Barriers: race, ethnicity and employment, (SP paper 890), that “initiatives such as ‘unconscious bias’ training are not the solution and can serve to mask underlying negative attitudes towards people from an ethnic minority background", whether it continues to provide such training for (a) ministers, (b) its officials and (c) its directorates.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 9 August 2016

The Scottish Government offers “unconscious bias” training for all its staff. This is part of comprehensive range of measures implemented to help us provide a fair and inclusive workplace and complement our fair and open approach to resourcing.