Witness gender diversity Contents

2Witness gender diversity

2017-18 witness gender diversity data

9.In responding to Mr Speaker we were aware of much work that has been done at Committee level. Committee teams were asked to prepare witness gender diversity statistics for the current session up to the end of March 2018 (in effect the six months October 2017-March 2018).

10.We discuss complexities around monitoring wider forms of diversity later in this report. It is important to note that the data we use is imperfect in that it does not involve gender self-declaration but rather a judgement by the teams involved based on their liaison with witnesses. Taking those limitations as given under the current system, we have seen positive change. The proportion of female discretionary witnesses has changed from 29% in 2015-2016 to 37% in the six months to March 2018, marking a continuation of an improving trend since that first Democratic Audit study.

Gender diversity since the 2015-16 Session

Gender diversity in the 2015-16 Session

Gender diversity in the 2016-17 Session

Gender diversity in the 2017-19 Session to end March 2018

11.In the remainder of this Report we consider:

Published: 7 June 2018