Letter to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: MBM position on data collection (11 September 2019)

Our letter can also be downloaded here 11 September 2019 Dear Committee Members, We have been made aware of a letter co-signed by a number of LGBT organisations in relation to the sex question in the census that ascribes certain…

Letter to the CTEEA Committee: key issues on the census sex question (11 September 2019)

11 September 2019 Dear Committee Members, We note that as part of its preparation for the 2021 Scotland census, National Records of Scotland (NRS) are planning to commission testing which looks at the effect of offering different forms of accompanying…

Letter to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: EU legislation on the census (7 October 2019)

Our letter to the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee: EU legislation on the census can be downloaded here. 7 October 2019 Dear Committee Members, We would like to draw to your attention to EU legislation on the 2021…

MBM review of the ONS paper ‘Methodology for decision making on the 2021 Census sex question concept and associated guidance’

MBM review of the ONS paper ‘Methodology for decision making on the 2021 Census sex question concept and associated guidance’ Less than six weeks before the date of the 2021 census in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics…

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Today, the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) has published draft guidance entitled ‘Collecting and reporting data about sex in official statistics’.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…

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…

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…

International evidence and the risks of reframing the sex question in the census

At the time of writing, the three UK census authorities  (National Records of Scotland , Office for National Statistics, and the Northern Ireland Research and Statistics Authority) are planning to provide guidance to accompany the sex question in the next…

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