Consideration of impact of proposed guidance for 2021 census on data quality

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Dear National Records of Scotland,

Please provide details of all work undertaken specifically to consider the potential impact of the proposed guidance to accompany the sex question* in the 2021 census on the quality of analysis that will be possible using census data in relation to sub-groups, particularly those where existing evidence suggests a higher than average rate of transgender identities.

For example, a survey undertaken by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons revealed that 1 in 50 male prisoners in England and Wales identify as transgender. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust claims that between 1.2% and 2.7% of children and young people are ‘gender-diverse’.

Yours faithfully,

L Mackenzie

National Records of Scotland

Dear L. Mackenzie,

Thank you for your request dated 27 April 2020 under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA) requesting information on work undertaken specifically to consider the potential impact of the proposed guidance to accompany the sex question* in the 2021 census on the quality of analysis that will be possible using census data in relation to sub-groups.

We received your request on 27 April 2020 and will respond by 23 July 2020, in accordance with section 10 of FOISA, as amended by the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020.

If you have any queries, please contact the NRS FOI Team quoting case number 202000032526.

Kind regards,

NRS FOI Team
27 April 2020

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Dear L. Mackenzie,

Please find attached the response from National Records of Scotland to your recent Freedom of Information request.

Regards,

NRS FOI Team
28 May 2020

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