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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-02642: Christina McKelvie (Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 13 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to encourage greater gender balance on boards and whether any further initiatives are planned.

Answered by: Angela Constance 27 September 2016

The Scottish Government is taking decisive action to ensure women are represented in senior and decision making roles, including in the boardroom. The government will legislate for gender balance on public sector boards in the first year of this Parliament. Using the new powers transferred through the Scotland Act, the Bill will lock in the gains we have already made to improve the number of women on public boards.

We also continue to champion our Partnership for Change 50/50 by 2020 campaign, encouraging organisations and businesses from the private, third, and public sectors, to make a voluntary commitment to work towards gender balance on their boards by 2020.