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MP wants 'gender-neutral' passports and driving licences

Official documents, such as passports and driving licences, should be 'gender-neutral' and not say if the holder is male or female, Conservative MP Maria Miller has said.

Conservative MP Maria Miller says a person's sex is 'not relevant' on official documents. Credit: Yui Mok / PA Archive/PA Images

Ms Miller, who chairs the women and equalities committee, added that a person's sex is "not relevant" on official documents and the issue causes "problems" for transgender people.

Her comments came during an inquiry by the committee into transgender equality.

In an interview with the Times (£) Ms Miller said the Government should "strip back" talking about gender unless it was necessary.

We need to understand that gender stereotyping can be as damaging for men as it can be for women.

For individuals who have decided to transition but haven't necessarily got the right documentation, it can cause problems. Why do we need gender on our driving licence?

Why do we have to have it on our passport if it doesn't really add identification? It's not relevant. Australia has decided to degender their passports

– Maria Miller, Conservative MP

Figures from NHS England show that there are around 4,500 new referrals to gender identity services each year.

Last year the number of children aged 10 or under referred to the NHS to help deal with transgender feelings had more than quadrupled compared to the previous six years.