Prisons: Gender Recognition

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 22nd April 2021.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many biologically male (a) prisoners and (b) prison staff have a Gender Recognition Certificate.

Photo of Alex Chalk Alex Chalk Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

No data is held centrally on the number of prisoners or prison staff with Gender Recognition Certificates (GRCs) in English and Welsh prisons. Neither group is obliged to disclose that they have a GRC.

Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service and the Ministry of Justice are actively pursuing ways to improve data relating to gender and gender identity, whilst also continuing to respect the rights and privacy of those who hold Gender Recognition Certificates. This year's transgender annual data collection exercise will, for the first time, collect anonymised information on the number of prisoners known to hold GRCs in the prison estate and this information will be published within the Offender Annual Equalities Report in the autumn.

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