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Boardroom Appointments

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 18 January 2007

27. To ask the Minister for Women and Equality if she will make an assessment of the progress of women in securing boardroom appointments in the last five years. (116361)

According to the Female FTSE report 2006 there are now 117 (10.3 per cent.) female-held directorships, compared to 75 (6.4 per cent.) in 2001. 77 companies in the FTSE have women on their boards compared to 57 in 2001. Currently, 33 FTSE 100 chairs are taking an active role in the progression of women to board level. Schemes such as the “FTSE 100 Cross Company Programme”, a business-to-business solution, provides mentoring and support to encourage women’s progression.