Politically-correct plans by the EU to force women to pay as much as men for their car insurance have been booted out by most member states.

Insurance experts have welcomed the rejection of a proposed directive to ban the underwriting of insurance products on grounds of gender.

Paul O’Gorman at insurance specialist Quoteline Direct said: “This is a step in the right direction. Where there is clear, historical statistical evidence and actuarial evidence it should be able to be used as a factor in calculating risk and setting prices for insurance-based products.”

Even the UK Equal Opportunities Commission opposed the move led by the Greek social affairs European commissioner Anna Diamantopolou.