Census (Return Particulars and Removal of Penalties) Bill (HC Bill 412)

A

BILL

TO

Amend the Census Act 1920 and the Census Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 in
relation to the provision of particulars about sexual orientation and gender
identity.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Amendment of the Census Act 1920

(1) The Census Act 1920 is amended as follows.

(2) In the Schedule (matters in respect of which particulars may be required), after
paragraph 5A insert—

5B 5Sexual orientation.

5C Gender identity.”

(3) In section 8 (penalties), in subsection (1A), at the end insert “, sexual orientation
or gender identity.”

2 Amendment of the Census Act (Northern Ireland) 1969

(1) 10The Census Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 is amended as follows.

(2) In the Schedule (matters in respect of which particulars may be required), after
paragraph 7 insert—

7A Sexual orientation.

7B Gender identity.”

(3) 15In section 7 (penalties for offences), in subsection (3), after “profession” insert
“or any particulars with respect to sexual orientation or gender identity”.

3 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) Section 1 extends to England and Wales.

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(2) Section 2 extends to Northern Ireland.

(3) This section extends to England and Wales and to Northern Ireland.

(4) This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed.

(5) This Act may be cited as the Census (Return Particulars and Removal of
5Penalties) Act 2019.