Workers in Parliament are being asked whether their fathers are male or female in a move that has been branded ‘woke nonsense’.
Anyone applying for a Westminster security pass must give details of their parents including their names, dates of birth and nationalities.
But after a recent change by the authorities, applicants, including MPs’ staff, must now also list their mother and father’s gender identities.
Vetting forms seen by the Mail require employees to provide information about their ‘birth father’ including their gender.\
The choices on the online application are female, male or ‘other’. There is no option to ignore the question.
Employees must also state whether their birth mother is male, female or other.
One parliamentary staffer who had to fill in the new form told the Mail: ‘I found it baffling to be asked what gender my birth father is when completing the parliamentary security vetting form.
‘How could it possibly make sense to ask that question? There is only one possible answer and in any case why do they have to know and why would they care if this has changed? It’s nonsensical.’
The worker, who did not wish to be named, asked: ‘Is there a reason my mother or father’s gender would affect my security clearance?’
Former education minister Brendan Clarke-Smith described the requirement to specify parents’ gender as ‘woke nonsense’ and said: ‘Staffers will probably be thinking this is some sort of intricate psychometric test, rather than a serious question.
‘I’m not sure how somebody’s father self-identifies is really relevant on a security check either. It’s tick box meets Pandora’s box.’