asked the Lord President of the Council if he is aware that admission under the Gallery is not open to women without special permission; what is the reason for this discrimination; and whether he will take steps to admit women on the same terms as men.
Under the Gallery is intended primarily for expert advisers and those having a direct interest in the debate and if a woman comes within those categories arrangements can be made for her to be admitted.
Is my right hon. Friend aware that to secure the admission even of a woman expert, it is necessary to obtain the certificate of the Chief Whip on either side of the House? Would my right hon. Friend explain why his need is greater than that of other hon. Members?
May I partly thank the right hon. Gentleman for his information? Is he aware that who sits in various Galleries in other parts of the House is nothing to do with the right of women to be admitted under the Gallery as experts? The whole procedure to get women's rights established as experts has been abominable. Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that I was thinking of establishing myself a wayleave under the Gallery in order to protect our interests?