Two recent court rulings in Scotland: bad news for Scotland’s census but good news for public data collection

This blog considers two recent rulings by the Inner House of the Court of Session. These are the ruling in the Appeal case brought by For Women Scotland (FWS), which sought to overturn an earlier judgment in favour of the Scottish…

MBM correspondence with the Scottish Government re. guidance for the sex question in the 2022 census (Oct/Nov 2021)

Our correspondence with the Scottish Government regarding the proposed guidance for the sex question in the 2022 census. MBM letter to the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Angus Robertson MSP (20 October 2021) https://murrayblackburnmackenzie.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/MBM-letter-on-census-guidance-20-October-2021.pdf Response from…

Back from the brink: how the Scottish Government was forced to concede it had conflated sex and gender identity in the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

In 2018 the Scottish Government brought forward legislation to add new voluntary questions on gender identity and sexual orientation to the next Scottish census. The Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 2 October 2018. As…

Did MSPs approve the guidance for the sex question in Scotland’s census?

In recent correspondence, the Scottish Government implied that previous parliamentary discussion on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act has lent weight to its decision to issue guidance for the sex question in Scotland’s 2022 census which advised respondents they may answer…

MBM statement on Scotland’s Census 2022 sex question guidance

The National Records of Scotland has announced that the guidance to be published alongside the 2022 census questionnaire to help respondents complete the sex question will advise people that they can answer based on their self-defined gender identity. A copy…

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 EU legistlation and the census. https://www.parliament.scot/S5_European/General%20Documents/CTEEA_2019.10.08MBM(1).pdf 7 October 2019 Dear Committee Members, We would like to draw to your attention to EU legislation on the 2021…