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United Kingdom

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House of Lords

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Data on women

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Basic information > About parliament

Speaker

Speaker
Lord Fowler (Male)
Year of birth
1938

Secretary general

Secretary general
Edward Ollard (Male)
Notes Additional information about the Secretary General, in particular regarding their term.
16 April 2017 -

Members

Current number of members, by sex
Men The number of male parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
581
Women The number of female parliamentarians who currently hold seats in parliament.
208
See historical data for this field.
Percentage of women Calculated by dividing the current number of women by the current number of members.
26.36% See historical data for this field.

Age

Average age of all members Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
69.00
See historical data for this field. Compare data of this field.
Youngest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
Youngest member
Lord Wei (Male)
Oldest member (years) Age at the time of the last election or renewal.
93
Oldest member
The Lord Christopher CBE (Male)
Total number of MPs, 45 years of age or younger
Total number of MPs, 46 years of age or older
839
Total per sex
Total of male
640
Total of female
218
Total per age interval
18-20
0
21-30
0
31-40
5
41-45
14
46-50
31
51-60
143
61-70
280
71-80
275
81-90
100
91 and over
10
Number of members, by age
Breakdown of members by age and gender
18 - 20 21 - 30 31 - 40 41 - 45 46 - 50 51 - 60 61 - 70 71 - 80 81 - 90 91 and over Totals per gender
Totals per age interval 0 0 5 14 31 143 280 275 100 10
Total <= 45: 19 Total >= 46: 839
Male 0 0 4 5 18 95 207 222 82 7 640
Female 0 0 1 9 13 48 73 53 18 3 218
Percentage of members, by age
Age as last election or renewalOverallMaleFemale
Percentage of MPs 30 years of age or younger0%0%0%
Percentage of MPs 40 years of age or younger0.58%0.47%0.12%
Percentage of MPs 45 years of age or younger2.21%1.05%1.17%

Reserved seats and quotas

Electoral quota for women Quotas to promote the representation of women in parliament.
Elections > Historical data on women

Women's suffrage

Women’s right to vote
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1918
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Suffrage: Restrictions detail
Women over 30
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
(Voting age for men 21)
Right to vote Year in which women obtained the right to vote
1928
National or local Suffrage: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Suffrage: Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Suffrage: Additional Notes on right of suffrage
Full voting equality with men. Age restriction lowered to 21 and now 18
Women’s right to stand for election
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1918
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Restricted
Detail of restrictions Stand for Election: Restrictions detail
Women over 30 only
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
(Voting age for men 21)
Right to stand for election Year in which women obtained the right to stand for election
1928
National or local Stand for Election: National or Local
National
Restricted or unrestricted suffrage Stand for Election : Restricted or Universal
Universal
Notes Stand for Election: Additional Notes on right to stand for election
Full voting equality with men. Age restriction lowered to 21 and now 18
First woman in parliament
First woman in parliament Year in which first woman entered parliament
1918

Women Heads of State or Government

Woman Heads of State or Government
Not available
See historical data for this field.
Parliamentary bodies > Caucuses

Women

Caucus name
Parliamentary Group for Women in Parliament
Date of creation
01.2010
Formal or informal
Informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
No
The caucus is cross-party
No
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Yes
Issues dealt with by the caucus
- More female representation in politics, portrayal of women in the media.<br> <br> Creation of the new parliamentary select committee on Women and Equality on 3 June 2015 as recommanded by the Group in their 2014 report: "Improving Parliament: Creating a better and more representative House". <br> Link to this report:<br> http://appgimprovingparliamentreport.co.uk/download/APPG-Women-In-Parliament-Report-2014.pdf
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
Yes
The caucus has a communication plan
No