Appendix 2 - Race Relations Act
The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
requires ONS, as a government department, to have due regard to the general
duty of the Act, and its specific duties, when carrying out its functions. The
general duty, which is highly relevant to considering changes needed to the
ethnic group question, means that ONS must have due regard to the need to:
One of the elements taken into account by ONS is the leading role it plays in framing ethnic group categories, which are then used by over 43,000 public bodies across the UK. Public bodies often use the Census ethnicity question as a model for the collection of data for ethnic monitoring. The ethnic group categories of the Census are used by these public bodies to conduct ethnic monitoring.
The Census uses the term ‘ethnic group’ instead of ‘racial group’ since ONS research confirms that this term is more widely understood and accepted across all communities. Unlike ‘ethnic group’, the term ‘racial group’ has no legal definition.