In Parliament today, Black Country MP John Spellar called on the Government to act when it came to inequalities among BME communities.

Spellar outlined that ‘We know that the Disclosure and Barring Service sometimes bars people from work for decades and is, frankly, unfair and discriminatory; we know that the Windrush scandal is still ongoing, and there is dither and delay in the Home Office; and we know that in health and care services there has been a disproportionate impact on those from BME communities, especially among women in nursing and care roles’ and asked ‘What is the Minister going to do about it?’

Afterwards John Spellar said: ‘I’m pleased Ministers are getting the message. I shall be pursuing this in Parliament in the next few weeks to ensure there are results. The Home Office now need to get a move on.’

ENDS

John Spellar (Warley) (Lab)

I am pleased that the Prime Minister is in the wings to hear this question. We know that the Disclosure and Barring Service sometimes bars people from work for decades and is, frankly, unfair and discriminatory; we know that the Windrush scandal is still ongoing, and there is dither and delay in the Home Office; and we know that in health and care services there has been a disproportionate impact on those from BME communities, especially among women in nursing and care roles. We do not need another commission to decide this; what we need is some action. What is the Minister going to do about it? [903400]

Elizabeth Truss

The right hon. Gentleman makes a fair point about the Disclosure and Barring Service. It is something we are looking at, but it is important that we look at this across the board, and that is why we have set up the commission.

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