1. Two responses with no content were removed prior to analysis.
2. The Bill does not, in fact suggest that appointments are not made on merit rather that, where two candidates are otherwise considered equally qualified, there should be a presumption in favour of the under-represented gender on the existing Board. This is the subject of section 4 of the draft Bill and is considered at Question 4.
3. The protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010 are age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, race and religion or belief.
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