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David Blunkett, education and employment secretary, has announced the re-appointment of Professor Teresa Rees and D...
David Blunkett, education and employment secretary, has announced the re-appointment of Professor Teresa Rees and Dr Joan Stringer as Equal Opportunities Commissioners to 31 May 2000 and 17 April 2001 respectively.

Mr Blunkett said:

'I am most grateful to Teresa Rees and Joan Stringer for the contribution they have made to the work of the Commission. I am confident that their knowledge and experience will be of continuing benefit to the Commission in the future.'

Teresa Rees is a Professor of Labour Market Studies at the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. She is a consultant to the European Commission on equal opportunities matters and is the author of Women and the Labour Market. She is the Equal Opportunities Commission's Welsh Commissioner.

Joan Stringer is Principal and Vice Patron of Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, the only female principal of a Higher Education Institute in Scotland. She was a member of the Scottish Committee of the National Committee of Enquiry into Higher Education (the Dearing Committee) and was recently appointed to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority. She is the Equal Opportunities Commission's Scottish Commissioner.


1. The Sex Discrimination Act 1975, which established the EOC, allows for a body of between eight and fifteen Commissioners, including a Chair (currently Kamlesh Bahl) and one or two Deputy Chairs. These re-appointments maintain the present number at thirteen.

2. Commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, usually for a three year term which can be renewed. (For family reasons,Professor Rees has asked that her re-appointment is for two years only.)

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