HL Deb 04 February 2003 vol 644 cc30-2WA
Lord Tomlinson

asked Her Majesty's Government:

When they will publish Public Bodies 2002.[HL1458]

Lord Macdonald of Tradeston

Public Bodies 2002 is the latest in a series of publications providing information on public bodies sponsored by government, copies of which have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

In addition to giving details about the remit and expenditure of public bodies, the publication also gives information about the number of women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and people with disabilities who sit on the boards of public bodies. I am pleased to announce that the proportion of those from minority ethnic backgrounds and those with disabilities holding public appointments have increased from 4.8 per cent to 6.2 per cent and from 1.5 per cent to 3.3 per cent respectively, although it is disappointing that the percentage of women holding such appointments, 34 per cent, has remained static. Departments will continue to work hard to encourage increased participation of women on the boards of public bodies.

Additionally, this year's publication includes information about the Government's task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews. Previously these were reported on separately and to a different timetable. Including this data in one publication gives a more complete picture of the extended bodies and groups working to deliver government objectives.