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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-16443: Adam Tomkins (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 4 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will (a) provide a list of stakeholders that it consulted in relation to the UK Government’s Race Disparity Audit; set out concerns raised by them regarding the audit and confirm whether any were in favour of Scotland participating in the audit.

Answered by: Angela Constance 18 May 2018

Stakeholders whose views were considered in relation to the UK Government’s Race Disparity Audit included BEMIS - Empowering Scotland Ethnic & Cultural Minority Communities, Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Organisations, Coalition for Racial Equality & Rights, Equality & Human Rights Commission and a number of academics.

Concerns raised were in three broad areas: the lack of applicability of the new system to meet Scottish needs (the Equality Evidence Strategy and the reporting regime in the 2012 Regulations address this); the ultimate use to which the data might be put and associated questions around ownership; and the additional resources which would be required to ensure data compatibility with the new system, which would detract from our own work on evidence gathering as well as from public authorities’ delivery of the public sector equality duty.

There was a range of views among stakeholders about participation in the Audit. On balance, having considered a number of factors including the concerns above, the decision was taken not to participate.