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House of Lords written question – answered on 18th July 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Gould of Potternewton Baroness Gould of Potternewton Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the barriers they are experiencing in ensuring diversity of appointments to public bodies, as reported in the Commissioner for Public Appointments' Public Appointments Diversity Strategy; and what plans they have to tackle those barriers.

Photo of Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lord Wallace of Saltaire Lords Spokesperson (Cabinet Office), Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip)

The Commissioner publishes diversity statistics annually and the latest figures can be found on his website at http://publicappointments commissioner.independent.gov.uk/

This is also the first year that the Government has published its own statistics on the gender diversity of public appointments. The Government’s aspiration is that 50% of new public appointments will be women by 2015. In 2012-13 37% of new public appointments were women.

The Government has established the Centre for Public Appointments in the Cabinet Office to support and work with departments on all issues relating to the diversity of public appointments. Both the Commissioner and the Centre for Public Appointments are working with underrepresented groups to identify barriers to applications and recently hosted an event to encourage more applications from women. The Cabinet Office is also working on a plan to support Departments in increasing the diversity of applicants.

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