To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what percentage of senior management posts are filled by women in (a) the Audit Commission and (b) the average local authority in England. 
Of the 125 (5 per cent.) most highly paid posts within the Audit Commission in 2001-02, 27.2 per cent. were filled by female members of staff. The average percentage of the posts in the top three management tiers of English local authorities in 2001–02 which were filled by women was 24 per cent.