Commons Reference Group On Representation and Inclusion

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 17th October 2017.

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Photo of Jo Stevens Jo Stevens Labour, Cardiff Central

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many recommendations from the Commons Reference Group on Representation and Inclusion the Government has accepted since that group's foundation.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

The Commons Reference Group consulted government on two recommendations from the Good Parliament report. The first was to support the permanent establishment of the Women and Equalities Select Committee. The Government accepted this recommendation and the committee was made permanent shortly after the 2017 general election.

The second recommendation was to commence Section 106 of the Equality Act 2010, which would impose mandatory diversity reporting for candidates on political parties. The Government recently confirmed that it would not bring this into effect.

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