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UK doesn't support the idea of quotas

In March this year, European Union Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding launched a consultation seeking views on action at an EU-level to increase the number of women on the boards of companies, including legislative measures such as introducing quotas.

The government has written to the Commission making clear it does not support EU action in this area, and that quotas are not the answer to boosting the number of women on boards.

Instead, the UK is supporting businesses to do the right thing. Recent figures show this approach is working, with more women than ever in the UK’s boardrooms. Almost 16% of senior positions are now held by women, up from 12.5% last year.

Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Theresa May said:

'We are encouraging firms to use women's talents by helping them see the business benefits. But we must allow them to get on with their job.

'Our voluntary approach is reaping rewards. The past year has seen the biggest ever jump in the number of women on boards, and some of the UK's leading companies are now reporting on gender diversity, which will help more women rise to the top.'

Research led by Cranfield School of Management shows if momentum continues, the number of women on boards will exceed Lord Davies' target of 25% by 2015, and potentially reach 36.9% by 2020.

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