Tuesday, 2 March 2004

Questions (137)

Mary Upton

Question:

216 Dr. Upton asked the Minister for Agriculture and Food the number of appointments he has made to State boards since 1997; the number of women appointees during that same period; the way in which the percentage of women compares with the recommended 40%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6597/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Agriculture and Food)

I have made a total of 212 appointments, including re-appointments, from 1997 to date, which includes 46 women. The Deputy should be aware that I do not have total discretion in such appointments. Some appointments are required to be made on the basis of nominations from farming and other relevant organisations and others by way of election by the body concerned. A total of 160 appointments were made at my sole discretion, and the 46 female appointments are included in this category.