§ Mr. Woolas
To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what is being done to increase the representation of women, members of ethnic minority groups and disabled people on the boards of public bodies. 
§ Mr. Stringer
I have today placed in the Libraries of the House "Quangos: Opening Up Public Appointments 2000–03".
This publication details the Government's plan of action together with individual departmental plans for increasing the participation of under-representation groups in public life.
"Quangos: Opening Up Public Appointments 2000–03" is the third in an annual series of reports setting out the Government's commitments to the equal representation of women and men in public appointments, a pro-rata representation of members of ethnic minority groups, and the increased representation of disabled people in public life.
Copies are being sent to all hon. and right hon. Members as well as being made available on the Internet.