It seems that the UK government is to look again at changing the law regarding positive discrimination.
The main justification for positive discrimination is to cut levels of ethnic minority unemployment levels by half in a decade.
Apparently, as things stand - i.e. leaving discrimination to the laws of market forces - it would take 100 years for market forces to bring ethnic minority employment in line with the national average.
The article that brought this information to my attention - Positive race discrimination row: The end justifies the mean (Michael Miller, Personnel Today) - contains mainly supportive statements of such proposed actions. I've yet to hear the response from the CBI and the IoD, but I don't expect it to be as supportive.