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FOI - Expenditure on equality, diversity, and inclusivity.

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Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,
I wish to make an FOI request, as set out under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Please can your organisation provide in Excel CSV format, the following information:

a) The number of roles in your association (expressed in numbers of FTE), that are mainly or exclusively focussed on issues of equality, diversity, or inclusivity. For example, this could include (amongst other guises) “EDI officers” or “diversity and inclusion project managers” but would not include general HR managers.

b) Either a) the pay band of each of these roles, or b) the combined total salaries for these roles. Whichever measure is more in accordance with your data preferences.

c) In the past 12 months the number of staff days across your organisation which have been committed to attending equality training programmes, whether internally run or with external consultants. (staff days = duration of the training programme multiplied by the number of staff in attendance for the course).

d) The contractual cost of any consultants hired, in the past twelve months, to provide any external training or advice on issues of diversity, equality, or inclusivity.

e) In the past twelve months, the number of staff days committed to attending conferences relating mainly or exclusively to matters of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. (duration of conference multiplied by the number of staff in attendance).

f) The costs of attending these conferences.

g) Membership costs the organisation pays for participation in equality charters such as the Stonewall Equality Champions, or Diversity and Inclusion Workplace champions.

Please can this information be returned to me, via email, ([email address]) within 20 working days.

The most desirable csv layout would be the letter (a-g) in column A and then the information you hold in column B. If your organisation does not hold information in relation to any of the letters please file as N/A.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Bates

([Personally Identifiable Information removed])

Geoffrey Dodds, Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee

Dear Mr Bates,
 
Thank you for your e-mail requesting information on equality, diversity
and Inclusion (EDI).
The aim of the DSMA Notice System is to prevent inadvertent public
disclosure of information that would compromise UK military,
counter-terrorist and intelligence operations, methods, or capabilities;
put at risk the safety of those involved in such operations; or lead to
attacks that would damage the critical national infrastructure and/or
endanger lives. The system is voluntary, it has no legal authority and the
final responsibility for deciding whether or not to publish or broadcast
rests solely with the editor or publisher concerned.
 
DSMA Notices are issued by the DSMA Committee.  This is an independent,
advisory body composed of senior civil servants representing government
departments concerned with national security and media representatives,
including editors of national and regional newspapers, periodicals, news
agencies, broadcasters, digital news, and book publishers.  The DSMA
Committee is supported by a Secretariat of civil servants funded by the
Ministry of Defence.
 
The five standing DSMA Notices are listed here [1]Standing notices – The
DSMA Notice System .  The DSMA Committee Secretariat offers advice to
editors and journalists on specific matters, often following their
requests for advice, and if necessary, may occasionally issue specific
DSMA Notice advice in a letter to editors.
 
Although as a non-public body the DSMA Committee is not subject to the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 or the Freedom of Information (Scotland)
Act 2002, it is committed to practising a policy of maximum disclosure
consistent with its aim of preventing the inadvertent public disclosure of
information that would compromise UK national security; and that the
subsequent advice is sought and given in confidence.  Please see
www.dsma.uk for more information on the DSMA-Notice System.
In answer to your specific query, I am able to inform you that all staff
fully support the principle of equality, diversity and inclusivity and
consciously put such support into practice during working hours.  I can
also confirm that we do not have any staff dedicated to EDI matters and do
not allocate any resources (neither funds nor time) towards EDI.
 
I hope this helps.  Please do come back to me should you have any further
questions,
Kind Regards,
Geoffrey Dodds
 
Brigadier Geoffrey Dodds | Secretary | Defence and Security Media Advisory
Committee | Office 020 7218 2206 | mobile 0754 016 3698 |
[DSMA request email] | [2]www.dsma.uk

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From: Rob Bates <[FOI #896782 email]>
Sent: 12 September 2022 14:20
To: Geoffrey Dodds <[DSMA request email]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - FOI - Expenditure on equality,
diversity, and inclusivity.
 
Dear Defence and Security Media Advisory Committee,

I wish to make an FOI request, as set out under the Freedom of Information
Act 2000.

Please can your organisation provide in Excel CSV format, the following
information:

a)      The number of roles in your association (expressed in numbers of
FTE), that are mainly or exclusively focussed on issues of equality,
diversity, or inclusivity. For example, this could include (amongst other
guises) “EDI officers” or “diversity and inclusion project managers” but
would not include general HR managers.

b)      Either a) the pay band of each of these roles, or b) the combined
total salaries for these roles. Whichever measure is more in accordance
with your data preferences.

c)      In the past 12 months the number of staff days across your
organisation which have been committed to attending equality training
programmes, whether internally run or with external consultants. (staff
days = duration of the training programme multiplied by the number of
staff in attendance for the course).

d)      The contractual cost of any consultants hired, in the past twelve
months, to provide any external training or advice on issues of diversity,
equality, or inclusivity.

e)      In the past twelve months, the number of staff days committed to
attending conferences relating mainly or exclusively to matters of
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. (duration of conference multiplied by
the number of staff in attendance).

f)      The costs of attending these conferences.

g)      Membership costs the organisation pays for participation in
equality charters such as the Stonewall Equality Champions, or Diversity
and Inclusion Workplace champions.

Please can this information be returned to me, via email,
([email address]) within 20 working days.

The most desirable csv layout would be the letter (a-g) in column A and
then the information you hold in column B. If your organisation does not
hold information in relation to any of the letters please file as N/A.

Yours faithfully,

Robert Bates

([Personally Identifiable Information removed])

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