Scottish citizens will be asked if they are male or female – and not if they are “non-binary” – in the next census, following an official about-turn. Government ministers had planned to include an option to cater for people who said they were neither male nor female. But now the Government body behind the nationwide poll is proposing to continue with a “binary sex question in Scotland’s 2021 Census”. Parliament is expected to back the move. It follows criticism from the Culture Committee which said the consultation process on the question had “serious deficiencies”. All but three members of the Committee voted to keep the sex question limited to ‘male’ and ‘female’ options. National Records of Scotland, a Non Ministerial Office of the Scottish Government, considered the Committee’s recommendations before changing tack. It said it was “committed to carrying out further testing” to ensure clarity over “what exactly is being asked, the basis of responding, and how the results will compare to previous censuses”. The census is still set to include a voluntary question on transsexualism.