Parliament: Non-binary People

The Senior Deputy Speaker written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Lord Blencathra Lord Blencathra Conservative

To ask the Senior Deputy Speaker when was the category of “non-binary” added to the search function on the Parliamentary website for Members of the House of Lords; and why that category is listed given there are no current non-binary members of the House.

Photo of Lord Gardiner of Kimble Lord Gardiner of Kimble The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, The Senior Deputy Speaker, Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee (Lords), Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Committee of Selection (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Liaison Committee (Lords), Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Hybrid Instruments Committee (Lords), Chair, Procedure and Privileges Committee, Chair, Procedure and Privileges Committee

The category of “non-binary” was added to the search function on the Parliamentary website in December 2019. The request arose from analysis of candidates standing for election to the House of Commons in the General Election of that month, and then agreed on a bicameral basis. The addition of a non-binary option to the underlying bicameral Members database meant that the option became available as a search option on the webpages of both Houses.

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