Progress of the Gender Recognition Reform Bill: FOI release

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I understand there was a cabinet meeting in January 2022 where the decision to progress the Gender Recognition Reform Bill was taken. Could you please provide the date, time and names of MSPs present at this meeting.


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Cabinet agreed to introduce the Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill when it met on 18 January 2022. This meeting, which was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, began at 9.30. 

The MSPs which attended this meeting are listed below: 

Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP 

First Minister 

John Swinney MSP 

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Covid Recovery 

Keith Brown MSP 

Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Veterans 

Kate Forbes MSP 

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy 

Mairi Gougeon MSP 

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands 

Michael Matheson MSP 

Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport 

Rt Hon Angus Robertson MSP 

Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, External Affairs and Culture 

Shona Robison MSP 

Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government 

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP 

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills 

Humza Yousaf MSP 

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care 

George Adam MSP 

Minister for Parliamentary Business 

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