The Cabinet Office says that the nature of public appointments is changing to reflect society’s demands for openess and inclusiveness.’Public Bodies 2001′ gives detailed information on the remit, spend and membership of the 1,025 public bodies that were in existence at 31 March 2001. The report also details the proportions of women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds holding public appointments, 34% and 4.8% respectively.
A separate publication, ‘Public Bodies – Opening Up Public Appointments 2002-2005’, sets out the diversity improvements that individual departments are aiming to achieve over the coming years in the public appointments they make.
The Cabinet Office believes progress is being made towards more representative appointments but that there is more to do. It is currently running a series of seminars to encourage women to apply and is publishing each department’s plans for increasing diversity in their public bodies.
For more information on the seminars see www.womenandequalityunit.gov.uk
‘Public Bodies 2001’ and ‘Public Bodies: Opening Up Public Appointments 2002-2005’ are online at www.cabinet- office.gov.uk/quango