Stage One debate on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM briefing

Overview It is planned that the 2021 Census will gather data for the first time on sexual orientationand on the transgender population, using voluntary questions. The census is the ideal way to gather information on relatively small populations like these.…

Finding the middle ground: sex and gender identity in the 2021 census

This blog looks at some of the arguments and assumptions against retaining a binary sex question in the census and draws out the policy and legal implications. The analysis is based on evidence and arguments presented to the Culture, Tourism,…

Stage 1 report on Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM response

MurrayBlackburnMackenzie response to publication of the Stage 1 report on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: "We welcome the Stage 1 report of the CTEEA Committee on the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Act. We are pleased to note the Committee’s support for…

Where next for the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill?

This note reflects on the arguments put forward during Stage 1 of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill and the choices facing the Committee at this stage. [Numbers in brackets refer to notes at the end.] Background The Bill has been…

Sex and the Census: A review of the sex question since 2001

Introduction This review looks at how the ‘sex’ question has been interpreted in the Censuses for Scotland and for England and Wales since 2001, and plans for England and Wales in 2021. The analysis shows differing interpretations of the sex…

Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: MBM evidence to the CTEEA Committee

Introduction We are grateful for the opportunity to submit evidence as part of the Committee’s Stage 1 considerations of the Census (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill will enable voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity to be added to…

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