Positive Discrimination

Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 2nd July 2001.

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Photo of Graham Brady Graham Brady Conservative, Altrincham and Sale West

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions what recent advice he has taken from other European countries which allow positive discrimination in the selection of candidates for elected office.

Photo of Nick Raynsford Nick Raynsford Minister of State (Department of Transport, Local Government and Regions) (Local Government)

Government officials recently attended a seminar aiming to examine what can be learned from legal frameworks in other European countries in regard to changing the law to improve women's representation in politics.

The Government will be preparing legislation to allow political parties to make positive moves to increase the representation of women in public life.

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