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Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill: third reading

27 June 2019


The Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill had its third reading, a chance to 'tidy up' the bill and make changes, in the Lords on Wednesday 26 June.

No changes were suggested to the bill ahead of third reading.

Following the completion of third reading, the bill now passes to the Commons for its consideration.

Lords report stage: Tuesday 18 June

Members discussed the subject of written guidance on the census form about compulsory and non-compulsory questions, and fines which may be issued for non-completion of compulsory questions.

Lords committee stage: Tuesday 4 June

The committee stage of this bill took place in Grand Committee, a room outside the Lords chamber. In Grand Committee, any member can take part and decisions on amendments can be made, but no votes can take place.

Members discussed the provision of guidance on how particulars relating to sex and gender identity should be answered.

Report stage, a further chance to examine the bill and make changes, is scheduled for 18 June.

Lords second reading: Monday 13 May

Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Cabinet Office, responded on behalf of the government.

Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill summary

This bill aims to:

  • provide voluntary questions on sexual orientation and gender identity to be asked on censuses in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland, by removing the criminal penalty for not responding to such questions
  • clarify the existing law that questions on these matters may be asked.

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