The EU Council of Ministers could throw out a proposal to outlaw gender discrimination in insurance rating engines this week.

The body was due to meet yesterday to discuss the Directive aimed at addressing unfair discrimination in goods and services. If passed the legislation would mean motor insurers, as well as the life and pension industry, would not be able to use gender to decide price or payment.

ABI head of motor Jo Dagustun said: "The best outcome is that they chuck the proposal out."