Passports

Home Department written question – answered on 7th September 2012.

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Photo of Simon Hughes Simon Hughes Deputy Leader, Liberal Democrats

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress the Identity and Passport Service has made in reviewing gender markers in passports; and when she plans to publish the outcome of this review.

Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper The Minister for Immigration

“Advancing transgender equality: a plan for action” published by the Home Office in December 2011, indicated that a review would be undertaken on how gender identification is represented in passport application forms and passports.

The review is being carried out by the Identity and Passport Service and will meet the timeline, set out in the action plan, to report by the end of February 2013. The outcome of the review will form part of the Government's response in reporting progress on the transgender equality plan.

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