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FOI Request – ONS guidance

The Office of the Victims' Commissioner was asked to provide information relating to ONS guidance used to inform the phrasing of a gender-based question in the Victims' Commissioner's 2022 Online Harms Survey.

Received via Twitter on 27 January 2022.

Published online on 16 February 2022.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Request – ONS guidance

For questions 2 and 3 you say “phrasing of this question is in line with ONS guidance”.

Can you provide that @ons guidance, please?

Office of the Victims’ Commissioner response

This request has been handled under the FOIA.

We can confirm that the OVC holds the information that you have requested. However, the information is exempt from disclosure under section 21 of the FOIA, because it is reasonably accessible to you. The information can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.ons.gov.uk/census/censustransformationprogramme/questiondevelopment/sexandgenderidentityquestiondevelopmentforcensus2021#questions-recommended-for-census-2021

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