Witness gender diversity Contents

6Conclusion and next steps

28.We agree that, for Committees represented on the Liaison Committee, other than in circumstances where there are compelling reasons for an all-male panel, a panel of three or more witnesses should normally include at least one woman, when the witnesses involved are not specific office-holders such as Ministers or heads of key public sector organisations falling within the remit of the Department the Committee is scrutinising.

29.Our aim is that, by the end of this Parliament, at least 40% of discretionary witnesses should be female.

30.We will be publishing updated statistics on our website in between publication of the Sessional Returns to show progress. The next set of statistics will cover the period April - November 2018 and will be published in December 2018.

Published: 7 June 2018