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Regional Development Agencies (Representation)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what assessment she has made of the representation of black and ethnic minority women on the boards of regional development agencies. (75354)

I have been asked to reply.

At present three RDA board members are black or ethnic minority women, which represents 2.5 per cent. of total representation.

The Department is fully committed to strengthening the diversity of the RDA boards. Each year, awareness-raising events are run and information is distributed to appropriate organisations and other interested bodies in the regions. All of the material for these posts stresses that these appointments are made on merit and that applications from women, those from ethnic minority backgrounds and the disabled would be particularly welcome.