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Residuary Bodies: Selection Of Members

Volume 475: debated on Monday 2 June 1986

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asked Her Majesty's Government:In considering appointments to residuary bodies following the abolition of the GLC and the metropolitan counties:

  • (a) why only 10 women were considered out of 220 persons;
  • (b) why a further number of women were not then considered if the original 10 were unsuitable; and
  • (c) whether it is proposed to give further consideration to the appointment of women where boards are not up to maximum numbers.
  • In making appointments to the residuary bodies, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State took into account primarily a person's suitability and availability. No one was barred or recommended for appointment on grounds of their gender alone. If any further appointments to the RB's are thought desirable, the same factors will be taken into account.