HC Deb 18 July 1989 vol 157 c118W
Mr. Bowis

To ask the Minister for the Civil Service what recent progress has been made in the Civil Service to achieve further equality of opportunity for women staff.

Mr. Luce

The proportion of women at middle and senior management levels in the Civil Service is increasing. At the beginning of 1988, women represented 5 per cent. of staff in the top three grades of the service compared with 4 per cent. at the beginning of 1987, 9 per cent. of staff at grade five level compared with 8 per cent. in 1987 and 37 per cent. at executive officer level compared with 34 per cent. in 1987. The Civil Service has also increased opportunities for part-time working and job sharing at all grade levels; is increasing the availability of childcare facilities; and improving career break provision. A report detailing progress during 1987–88 on the implementation of equal opportunity policies for women in the Civil Service is being published today. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of Parliament.