On 21st August 2019 the Scottish Government library was asked to perform a literature search to identify the evidence to inform the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) for the Scottish Government’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill.
This was revealed through a Freedom of Information Request here.
They were asked to find “Evidence on legitimate basis on which trans women might need to be excluded from some women-only services, locations, or provisions, or on which their presence might put non-trans women at a disadvantage.”
The Scottish Government library did its job well and identified Fair Play For Women in its list of Key Results highlighting that ‘the following results may be particularly relevant’.
However, none of our published resources were quoted in the final EQIA or even listed in the references.
The omission of evidence from FPFW, and indeed any advocacy group for sex-based rights, means that a full and comprehensive search for evidence was not conducted by the Scottish government consultation team and this casts serious doubt over the validity of the EQIA.
Here is a list of the references available to the Scottish government at the time of the literature review.