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Six Ministers give evidence on transgender equality

28 October 2015

Women and Equalities Committee holds its final evidence session for its inquiry into transgender equality with evidence from six Government Ministers.

This session covers a wide range of issues raised by inquiry witnesses, including specialist organisations, medical and legal experts, and by the hundreds of individuals who have written to the Committee about their own experiences.


Wednesday 28 October 2015, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

First panel

At 2.30pm

Jane Ellison – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Department of Health

Issues covered

  • Gender identity services
  • Adults: possible improvements to current services including waiting times
  • Children: appropriate treatment for gender variant children

Karen Bradley – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation), Home Office

Issues covered

  • Tackling hate crime effectively
  • Possible inclusion of non-gendered status (*X) in passports

Ed Vaizey – Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport / Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

Issues covered

  • Media regulation: current regulatory arrangements and protection from transphobic coverage
  • Sport: operation of the rules which allow exclusion from single sex sporting activities

Second panel

At 3.45pm

Nick Boles – Minister of State for Skills, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills / Department for Education

Issues covered

  • Workplace equality and discrimination in employment

Nicky Morgan – Secretary of State for Education; Minister for Women and Equalities, Government Equalities Office (Department for Education)

Issues covered

  • Government action plan: cross departmental plans.
  • Looked-after young trans people (ie in care)
  • Equality Act 2010: possible reforms, including terminology, and whether the protected characteristic should be changed to just gender identity

Caroline Dinenage – Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice, Ministry of Justice / Government Equalities Office (Department for Education)

Issues covered

  • Gender Recognition Act: whether individuals be allowed to self-define. See also recent petition to Petitions Committee; petitioner gave evidence to this inquiry
  • Privacy, data protection issues and ‘outing'
  • The 'spousal veto' – under which married trans people need their spouse's agreement before a full Gender Recognition Certificate can be issued

Further information 

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