On 12 November 2008 the House of Commons agreed to establish a new committee, to be chaired by the Speaker, known as the Speaker's Conference.
The Conference was asked to:
"Consider, and make recommendations for rectifying, the disparity between the representation of women, ethnic minorities and disabled people in the House of Commons and their representation in the UK population at large."
The Conference worked, throughout 2009, collecting evidence and holding public meetings. It published its final report in January 2010.
Following the Dissolution of Parliament on 12 April 2010, the Speaker's Conference ceased to exist.