White man's burden Proportion of awards to ethnic minorities (12.9 per cent of the consultant workforce in England and Wales).This year: 9.6 per cent; 1996 (the most recent year with which comparisons can be made - England only): 6.2 per cent.

Proportion of awards given to women (20.2 per cent of the consultant workforce). This year: 10.7 per cent; last year: 12.3 per cent.

ACDA said the 'overall trend' in giving awards to women 'remains upwards' and 'the fullest consideration will continue to be given to identifying good candidates'.