Minority hiring, never much of an issue in Britain, may come under more scrutiny. A survey released Jan. 18 by the government's Commission for Racial Equality concludes most big companies do little to assure equal opportunity in employment beyond verbal support for the idea. Many said they have no policy to spur minority hiring and no plans to create one. British law bans race bias but sets no affirmative-action criteria. The minority jobless rate is more than twice that for whites.

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