Women Councillors

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Joan Humble Joan Humble Labour, Blackpool North and Fleetwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what her response to the report of the Councillors Commission is, with particular reference to means of increasing the number of women councillors.

Photo of John Healey John Healey Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Local Government)

The Government are concerned that only 29 per cent. of councillors are women. We established the Councillors Commission last year to consider how to get a wider range of people to become councillors. We will respond to the Councillors Commission report in the Empowerment White Paper, to be published in the summer.

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