Treasury Committee: Press Notice

New Inquiry: Women in the City

The Treasury Committee today announces a new inquiry; Women in the City. The Committee will take evidence on the role of women in the City, developing themes which have emerged in the course of its banking crisis inquiry relating to corporate governance. Although we talk about ‘the City’ for convenience, our evidence will relate to major financial institutions in the UK wherever they are situated.

The Committee seeks written evidence on:

  • the proportion of women occupying senior positions in major financial institutions and the extent of glass ceilings to promotion;
  • pay inequalities;
  • the prevalence of flexible working practices;
  • the extent to which the culture of the City is sexist, and the prevalence of sexual harassment and exploitation.

John McFall said

“At a time when pay and corporate governance are key issues in terms of re-drawing financial regulation, the Committee feels  it is  important to highlight the issue of gender equality in the financial services industry. We hope our inquiry will provoke an important debate about the representation and treatment of women in the City.”

Written evidence should be sent to, or to the clerk at the address above by 10 September 2009. If any individuals wish to submit evidence relating to personal experiences anonymously they may request this. 

Oral evidence sessions for the inquiry will begin following the summer recess.


Written evidence should be in Word or rich text format- not PDF format-and sent by e-mail to The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from. The deadline is 12 noon on Thursday 10 September 2009. Submissions should be no longer than 3000 words.

Submissions should be in the format of a self-contained memorandum. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document must include an executive summary. Further guidance on the submission of evidence can be found at

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

For data protection purposes, it would be helpful if individuals wishing to submit written evidence send their contact details in a covering letter. You should be aware that there may be circumstances in which the House of Commons will be required to communicate information to third parties on request, in order to comply with its obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.