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Armed Forces: Transexuality

Volume 474: debated on Thursday 3 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many transgender sergeants in the process of transition serving in the Army in Germany are (a) receiving medication for their condition in country and (b) have been deployed on exercise in Poland. (198202)

I am unable to provide this information as its release would breach the provisions of the Data Protection Act, specifically in regard to medical-in-confidence issues.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether the downgrading of a transgender officer to P7, (combat ineffective), can be determined solely on grounds of hormonal reasons; [198205]

(2) whether it is a requirement of army regulations that when an officer is downgraded to P7 (combat ineffective) they should be personally interviewed before a downgrading decision is reached.

Downgrading decisions are made by medical boards on a case by case basis taking into account all documentary evidence provided by medical staffs. As part of this process, it is normal practice for the individual to appear before the medical board unless they are either unable or decline to attend.