Equality Act 2010: Sex

Women and Equalities written question – answered at on 24 October 2023.

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Photo of Ranil Jayawardena Ranil Jayawardena Conservative, North East Hampshire

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, with reference to the Westminster Hall debate of 12 June 2023 on Legislative Definition of Sex, what progress her Department has made on its policy on clarifying the definition of sex in the Equality Act 2010.

Photo of Stuart Andrew Stuart Andrew Assistant Whip, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport), Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Business and Trade) (Minister for Equalities)

The Minister for Women and Equalities sought advice from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) on the benefits or otherwise of an amendment to the Equality Act 2010 on the current definition of 'sex'.

Having received that advice, the Minister for Women and Equalities has asked officials to undertake detailed policy and legal analysis, as per the EHRC’s request, to understand the impact of its advice on various protected groups and related issues arising.

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