The Police has long had an under-representation of women as well as from the Roman Catholic community. Females now constitute 22% of the PSNI and this is expected to rise to 26% by 2010. This is up from its Patten levels of 12.6% (a third of which was in the part-time reserve) and the growth is comparable with the improvement in RC representation. If the broadly same results can be acheived through other actions, why the need for the 50:50 rule? Comments switched off because of spam attack.