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Promotion of women in business

A Westminster Hall debate on the promotion of women in business on 2 March 2011 did not take place as the MP leading the debate - Conservative MP Helen Grant - failed to turn up on time.

Former government minister Lord Davies of Abersoch published a report in February 2011 that businesses needed to double the number of women on their boards by 2015 or face government measures.

He urged FTSE 350 companies to boost the percentage of women at the board table to 25% by 2015.

Other measures put forward include a call for more women to be promoted to executive committees to ensure there is a more diverse talent pool for companies to recruit female non-executive directors from.

Currently a total of 113 women hold 135 FTSE 100 directorships - just over one per firm and only 5.5% of FTSE 100 executive directors are women.

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