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S5W-09656: Adam Tomkins (Glasgow)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 June 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-05299 by Angela Constance on 14 December 2016, whether it will provide an update on its discussions with the UK Government regarding the Race Disparity Audit, and what decision it has reached on the approach for Scotland.

Answered by: Angela Constance 27 June 2017

The Scottish Government has taken the decision not to take part in the UK Government Race Disparity Audit.

There have been on-going discussions with the UK Government since December 2016. We remain unconvinced that participation in the Audit is in Scotland’s interest. Furthermore we are aware of the concerns of stakeholders around the nature of the audit. We are clear about the importance of collecting race equality data and continue to find ways to improve data and evidence that is available. The Equality Evidence Strategy, which will be published shortly will provide a basis for strengthening the evidence base on race equality in Scotland.