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Select Committee

Experts including the star of the BBC's The Apprentice Margaret Mountford gave evidence to MPs on 4 December 2012 on the role of women in the workplace.

The inquiry is focusing on barriers to increasing the career prospects of women in the workplace, and whether the Gender Equality Duty and Equality Act go far enough.

The Equality Act - which applies across the UK - came into force in October 2012 and sought to ban discrimination by employers covering areas such as age, disability and pay.

The Gender Equality Duty, which does not apply in Northern Ireland, makes it a statutory requirement for public bodies to address inequality.

In February 2011, Lord Davies of Abersoch published the report "Women on Board", urging FTSE 350 companies to boost the percentage of women on boards to 25% by 2015.

In addition to Margaret Mountford, evidence was taken from various women business leaders, and Heather Rabbatts, a non-executive director of the Football Association.

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