Census Bill: Committee and remaining stages

03 September 2019

MPs were due to the committee stage, report stage and third reading of the Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill in the House of Commons on Tuesday 3 September 2019. Due to lack of time the Bill was not debated on that day.

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill [HL] 2017-19

Summary of the Bill

The Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill provides for voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity to be asked in the England and Wales and Northern Ireland censuses. It does this by removing the criminal penalty for not responding to questions on these matters. It also clarifies the existing law that such questions may be asked. In the case of England and Wales only, this will lead to any such questions being subject to the draft negative Parliamentary procedure in future Census Orders.

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House of Commons Library analysis

The House of Commons Library produces briefing papers to inform MPs and their staff of key issues. The papers contain factual information and a range of opinions on each subject, and aim to be politically impartial. The Library has published a briefing paper for the Census Bill.

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill: previous Commons stages

Second reading

MPs voted to approve the Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill without dividing. The remaining stages of the Bill will be debated in the House of Commons on Tuesday 3 September 2019.

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