Lords debates Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill

14 May 2019

Members of the Lords, including a patron of LGBT+ support charity Opening Doors and a former member of the Royal Commission on Criminal Procedure, discussed the principles and purpose of the Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill during second reading on Monday 13 May.

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

Committee stage, the first chance for detailed line by line examination, is yet to be scheduled.

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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