§ Mr. Bishop
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he is aware that 10 men and no women serve as members of the National Dock Labour Board; whether he intends that women should be given an equal opportunity to serve when new appointments are made; and what action he proposes.
§ Mr. Bryan
Appointments to the National Dock Labour Board are governed by a statutory procedure. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman are appointed by me after consultation with the National Joint Council for the Port Transport Industry. In making these appointments, I shall continue the Government's policy of choosing the man or woman best qualified for the appointment irrespective of any other considerations. The eight industrial members are appointed by me on the nomination of the National Joint Council to represent dock employers and dock workers.