HC Deb 15 December 1975 vol 902 cc529-30W
Mrs. Millie Miller

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he intends to take to implement the recommendations of the world plan of action adopted at the International Women's Year Conference in Mexico City for the period 1975 to 1980, (a) to increase substantially the number of women included in delegations in all aspects of international affdrs, including matters of peace, disarmament and economic restructuring, and particularly to meetings held under the UN auspices and (b) to help to improve the conditions

total number of administrative staff for each of the new regional health authorities after reorganisation at the latest possible date; and if she will give the grand total for each at the two separate dates.

Mr. Meacher

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 5th December 1975 Vol. 901, c. 765], circulated the following information:

under which women work, achieve promotion and enjoy benefits of service in the UN, and its specialised agencies.

Mr. Ennals

I would refer my hon. Friend to my answer of 12th December—[Vol. 902, c.395.] We remain fully commited to the objective of securing equal status and opportunities for women in all aspects of national life, including the representation of the United Kingdom in international conferences. While the conditions of employment in the United Nations and the Specialised Agencies are primarily the responsibility of the appropriate Secretariats we shall continue to use our influence to ensure that women enjoy equal conditions and prospects of preferment in the United Nations system.