Diminishing the value of public sector data: How the Chief Statistician’s guidance lost sight of biological sex

UPDATE: We received a letter from the Commission yesterday evening which confirmed that the advice provided to the Scottish Government "could have been clearer" and that the Commission is developing guidance on data collection for public authorities. In light of…

Letter to Scotland’s Chief Statistician on the Working group on sex and gender identity in data (20 January 2020)

20 January 2020 Dear Roger,Thank you for meeting us last week to discuss our views on sex and gender data, and your plans for making recommendations for Ministers. We appreciated your willingness to hear our concerns, which we are now…

MBM response to the Chief Statistician’s Working Group on sex and gender identity data

In December 2020 the Scottish Government published the Chief Statistician’s draft guidance on the collection of data on sex and gender for public bodies. The draft guidance advises that public organisations should not ask questions about biological sex, except where…