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Quotas for public boards? 05/05/2014 The Scottish Government is consulting on proposed mandatory quotas to ensure at least 40% of public boards are made up of women.

Quotas for public boards?

The Scottish Government is consulting on proposed mandatory quotas to ensure at least 40% of public boards are made up of women. According to Cabinet Secretary for Equalities, Shona Robison, the legislation will bridge the gender gap and create more effective boards.

The consultation, Women On Board: Quality Through Diversity, asks how mandatory quotas could be implemented for public bodies, and if potential legislation should be extended to company boards.

The Scottish Government does not currently have legislative powers in this area and has apparently opened up dialogue with the UK Government about transferring powers under section 30 of the Scotland Act 1998.

These powers would give the Scottish Parliament additional levers for change, should it choose to use them where other mechanisms are not working or are not changing things fast enough.
 

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