Prisoners: Females

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 20th July 2021.

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Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government, further to the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment that gender critical beliefs are protected under the Equality Act 2010, what steps they are taking to ensure that female prisoners will not suffer any detriment if they profess gender critical beliefs.

Photo of Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Lord Hunt of Kings Heath Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the Employment Appeals Tribunal judgment that gender critical beliefs are protected under the Equality Act 2010; and what impact that judgement will have, if any, on current female prisoners in relation to biologically male transgender prisoners.

Photo of Lord Wolfson of Tredegar Lord Wolfson of Tredegar The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The Ministry of Justice and Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service are committed to advancing equality, eliminating discrimination, harassment and victimisation (including based on someone’s religion or belief, or gender reassignment status, as defined in sections 7 and 10 of the Equality Act 2010). This commitment remains in place following the judgment Forstater v CGD Europe & Others (UKEAT/0105/20).

As part of this, we ensure that all prisoners are treated fairly and in a way that respects their rights, and encourage them to act in a way that is respectful and considerate of others. Any prisoner who has concerns about discriminatory behaviour can make a complaint via the discrimination incident reporting form and this will be investigated and addressed, as appropriate.

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