To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will make a statement on the current ratio of women to men in senior civil service posts and the corresponding position in 1979.
At grade levels 1 to 7 in the home civil service the proportion of women has increased from 7 per cent. in 1984 to 12·1 per cent. in 1991. Because of the changes that have taken place in the grade structure of the civil service comparable data before 1984 are not available.