A Scottish Government consultation on Implementation of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018

Closed 4 Aug 2019

Opened 13 May 2019

Results updated 13 May 2020

Where permission to publish has been provided, the consultation responses are now available to view online.

An analysis of the responses to the consultation has been published on the Scottish Government website on 3 April 2020 and can be viewed here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/analysis-consultation-implementation-gender-representation-public-boards-scotland-act-2018/

Published responses

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This consultation seeks views on implementation of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018. Specifically, it seeks views on 2 elements of implementation:

  • Draft regulations setting out the arrangements for reporting on progress under the Act.
  • Draft guidance on the operation of the Act.

Why your views matter

The purpose of the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 is to improve the representation of women on the boards of Scottish public authorities.

The Act was made following Scottish Government consultation in 2014 on how to shape proposals on using legislation to achieve gender equality on the boards of public bodies and further consultation on a draft Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill in 2017. The Act sets a gender representation objective for the non-executive member component of public boards. The objective is that 50% of non-executive members are women.

Read the consultation paper.


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