Time to fight for the principle of collecting data on biological sex

Today, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has published draft guidance entitled ‘Collecting and reporting data about sex in official statistics’. The guidance sets out what producers should consider when collecting and reporting data about sex, to meet the expected…

Response to emergency consultation on protection of freedom of expression in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill

Our response to the Justice Committee's emergency consultation on freedom of expression in Bill is provided below. A PDF version of the briefing can be downloaded here. The Issue Our concern is whether the law will provide a clear point…

Was the sex question in the 2011 census ‘self-identified’?

1.   Introduction Less than six weeks before the date of the 2021 census in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the guidance which will accompany the compulsory sex question. The guidance is of critical importance because…

Freedom of expression protection in the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill: the doors are still closed

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill extends the existing offence of "stirring up hatred" in relation to race, to a wider range of characteristics. As described here, the Justice Committee agreed with the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on…

ONS guidance for the sex question in the 2021 census in England and Wales

The next census in England and Wales will take place on 21 March 2021. For the past few years, both expert data users and feminist groups have been taking a close interest in the sex question and how this is…

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