At the 2000 Annual Assembly of Delegates, ASLEF’s annual conference and parliament, the Executive Committee had submitted a rule change which would see the introduction of committees representing members from minority groups within ASLEF structures. They would be referred to as Consultative Committees and would organise members who were female, LGBT or from an ethnic minority.
The rule changes would also give consultative committee members a seat at district council meetings.
During the debate the General Secretary told conference delegates:
The original members of each committee were elected later in 2000, before meeting for the first time in early 2001.