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House of Lords Commission welcomes Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit

20 December 2018

The UK Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit, published today, finds that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses of Parliament, but there are still too many barriers to women standing as MPs or putting themselves forward to the House of Lords Appointments Commission.

The report has been welcomed by the House of Commons and House of Lords Commissions. Responding to the report Lord Fowler, the Lord Speaker and Chair of the House of Lords Commission, said: 

"As Chairman of the House of Lords Commission, I welcome the excellent and in-depth UK Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit report, which has been published today, and its finding that steady progress has been made in increasing the representation of women in both Houses of Parliament.

"In the Lords, there are currently 209 female Members including the Leader of the House of Lords and the Leader of the Opposition. And in the first time in over 650 years, we have a female Black Rod. We are making progress, but we still have work to do. 

"This audit is the first of this kind to be undertaken by the UK Parliament and reflects that, like many organisations, there are a variety of steps that Parliament might now wish to take to build on our successes and tackle the barriers that remain for women who wish to enter or remain in Parliament, as members, or as staff of the two Houses.

"Doing so will require sustained commitment by both Houses, the political parties, and Government. By commissioning the audit, both the House of Lords and House of Commons Commissions have indicated that they are committed to that sustained effort.

"In the New Year, both Commissions will consider an action plan in response to the Gender-Sensitive Parliament Audit report’s recommendations and conclusions which will be published in the spring."

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