HC Deb 26 July 1965 vol 717 cc25-6W
Mrs. McKay

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs what is the percentage of women membership of the National Economic Development Committee and the individual Economic Development Committees and the Central Training Council; and whether he will increase this percentage as a gesture of encouragement to industry to appoint more women to top managerial posts.

Mr. Foley

The table below sets out the percentage of women members of the bodies concerned.

Per cent.
National Economic Development Council Nil
Economic Development Committees:
Building Nil
Chemical Nil
Civil Engineering Nil
Chocolate and Sugar Confectionery Nil
Distributive trades 27
Electrical Engineering Nil
Electronics 6
Food Processing Nil
Machine Tool 7
Mechanical Engineering Nil
Movement of Exports 6
Paper and Board Nil
Rubber Nil
Wool Textiles Nil
Central Training Council 10

Members of these bodies are appointed with regard to their suitability, position and qualifications and not according to whether they are men or women. Only when industry increases the number of women in its top managerial posts can this be reflected in the membership of these bodies.