Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Questions (53)

Gerry Adams

Question:

53. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has included gender parity for the board membership as part of his reforming agenda of the State agency sector. [10442/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As the Deputy is aware in 2011 the Government introduced new arrangements for the appointment of State board members. Under the new arrangements Departments now invite expressions of interest from the public in vacancies on the boards of bodies under their aegis on their websites. It is open to all members of the public regardless of gender, political affiliations or geographical location to apply for appointment to these vacancies.

I am satisfied that the new arrangements introduced by the Government in 2011 have significantly improved transparency in the making of appointments to State Boards compared with the making of appointments in previous years.

The following table outlines the breakdown by gender of the State Boards under the remit of my Department:

Current Members nominated by Ministers/Government

Current Members nominated by other Bodies

Chairpersons

Name of Board

Total No. of Places on Board

Board positions currently vacant

Men

Women

Current Total

Men

Women

Current Total

Male

Women

An Post National Lottery

7

1

2

-

2

3

1

4

1

-

Outside Appointments Board

5

1

3

1

4

-

-

-

Vacant

-

Public Appointments Service Board

9

-

3

3

6

1

-

1

1

-

Civil Service Arbitration Board

4

-

4

-

4

-

-

-

1

-

Totals

25

2

12

4

16

4

1

5

3

-

As the table shows of the 16 members nominated by myself or the Government 25% of the appointments were female. In view of the statutory procedures for the appointment of members of the Civil Service Arbitration Board and the Public Appointments Service, there is limited scope for me to take a factor such as gender into account when I make such appointments.

I would like to make it clear that it is my intention in the limited number of appointments I have to make to increase the number of women appointees over the lifetime of the Government.