Gender Recognition Certificates

Women and Equalities – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2 February 2017.

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Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Conservative, Torbay 12:00, 2 February 2017

What progress the Government is making on reviewing the Gender Recognition Act 2004 and the process relating to gender recognition certificates.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

The Government are continuing our work on our commitment to review the Gender Recognition Act 2004. We have begun stakeholder engagement programmes to look at how the gender recognition process can be improved, as well as looking carefully at international comparisons. We will provide an update later this year.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Conservative, Torbay

I thank the Minister for her answer. My constituent, Rebecca Cook, applied for a gender recognition certificate, but her application was rejected on the basis that the statutory declaration was more than six months old and she

“may have changed her mind.”

Given that the statutory declaration is a lifetime declaration, will the Minister confirm that the six-month time limit will be reviewed as part of the overall legislative review?

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

I am really sorry to hear that my hon. Friend’s constituent has encountered those difficulties, and he is absolutely right to bring that kind of case to the House today. We have committed to review, streamline and demedicalise the gender recognition process, and we will certainly consider evidence of any administrative barriers to people gaining the legal gender recognition that they want.