Correspondence pertaining to the Gender Recognition Unit: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

All communications between the Unit and the following bodies:

  • Alliance Defending Freedom
  • The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty
  • The Christian Institute
  • Christian Action, Research and Education
  • Evangelical Alliance, Scotland
  • For Women Scotland
  • The LGB Alliance

Communications may mean emails, letters, notes of meetings, slides or handouts from meetings.


The Gender Recognition Unit was formed in July 2021 to operate as the team responsible for policy and administration related to the proposed Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Please find attached the information you have requested in document 1.

For ease, I will include the links to both consultation analyses here:

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested, because it is personal data of a third party, in that it consists of personal information that may identify an individual and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation and in section 34(1) of the Data Protection Act 2018. This exemption is not subject to the 'public interest test', so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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