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Equality: Public Bodies

Volume 480: debated on Friday 17 October 2008

To ask the Minister for Women and Equality what the make-up of the board of each public body is broken down by (a) gender, (b) race, (c) disability, (d) faith, (e) age and (f) sexual orientation. (225859)

The Government Equalities Office (GEO) sponsors two non departmental public bodies (NDPBs):

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), an executive NDPB and;

The Women's National Commission (WNC), an advisory NDPB.

There is no central requirement to collect data on faith, age and sexual orientation. However, details are shown in the following table for gender, disability and ethnicity and these percentages are based on figures as at 31 March 2008.

Percentage

Appointees

Male

Female

Disabled

Ethnic minority

EHRC

37.5

62.5

18.8

37.5

WNC

0

100

0

33.3

This data will also be available along with other Departments' statistics in the Cabinet Office publication “Public Bodies 2008”, which will be released in the new year.