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At 2.30pm on Wednesday 28th October the committee will hold it's fourth oral evidence session in London. The only panel announced so far is calling a number of government ministers as witnesses. The announced witnesses  and topics are:

First panel at 2.30pm

Jane Ellison MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Department of Health

Will Huxter, Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning (London), NHS England

Issues covered:

  • Gender identity services
  • Adults: possible improvements to current services including waiting times
  • Children: appropriate treatment for gender variant children

Karen Bradley MP. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation), Home Office

Issues covered:

  • The ‘spousal veto’ – under which married trans people need their spouse’s agreement before reassignment
  • Tackling hate crime effectively
  • Possible inclusion of non-gendered status (*X) in passports

Second panel at 3.45pm

Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills / Department for Education

Issues covered:

  • Workplace equality and discrimination in employment

Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Secretary of State for Education; Minister for Women and Equalities, Government Equalities Office (Department for Education)

Issues covered:

  • Government action plan: cross departmental plans.
  • Looked-after young trans people (ie in care)
  • Equality Act 2010: possible reforms, including terminology, and whether the protected characteristic should be changed to just gender identity

Caroline Dinenage MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women, Equalities and Family Justice, Ministry of Justice / Government Equalities Office (Department for Education)

Issues covered:

  • Gender Recognition Act: whether individuals be allowed to self-define. See also recent petition to Petitions Committee; petitioner gave evidence to this inquiry
  • Privacy, data protection issues and ‘outing’.


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About the Inquiry

The Inquiry into Transgender Equality was first launched by the new Women and Equalities Committee. It began on 27th July 2015 and is currently still ongoing.

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