British Business Secretary Vince Cable will write to the bosses of the eight companies in the FTSE 100 index that still have men-only boardrooms..
Government and business could be in for a standoff over regulations on executive pay, if local authorities decide to tackle excessive salaries.
Huge foreign reserves has given the emerging superpower a tighter grip on business, finance and politics.
UK's coalition government was hit by fresh evidence of internal tensions on Thursday from a newspaper sting that has already caused a major row.
The full scale of the chaos left behind by British forces in Basra was revealed on Sunday as the city's police chief described a province in the grip of well-armed militias strong enough to overpower security forces and brutal enough to behead women considered not sufficiently Islamic.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faces a grilling in Parliament on Wednesday over the funding row that has engulfed the Labour party. Despite pledging to return the donations, Brown will face calls to explain what he knew about the £600 000 that property developer David Abrahams donated through intermediaries.
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown faced angry questions from lawmakers on Wednesday after confidential records containing nearly half the population's bank details went missing in the post. The disappearance of about 25-million people's personal data vanished in the biggest-ever loss of personal information by any government.