Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt ordered research into a huge rise in referrals of under-18 girls to transgender services. What are the relative numbers of men and women seeking this help?
— The Tavistock and Portman Trust reports a rise in gender identity referrals from 97 (41 per cent born female) in 2009-10 to 2,519 (72 per cent born female) in 2017-18.
— A 2009 survey by the Gender Identity Research and Education Society found 80% seeking medical care for gender variance were born male and 20% female.
— A 2015 study by the US Census Bureau revealed that 65% who had changed their social security gender identity were born male and 35% female.
The IMF said UK growth would struggle to top 1.5 per cent a year in coming years, even if Brexit goes smoothly. What is its record on forecasting UK economic growth?
The Human Organ Research Preservation Trust, which offers cryogenic suspension for people who hope they can be brought back to life in future, won an appeal against a decision to end its charitable status. How many people are cryogenically preserved?
The US-based Cryonics Institute (offering full suspension for $28,000) says it has:
— 1,536 paid-up subscribers
— 170 humans under cryogenic suspension
— 154 pets under cryogenic suspension
— 269 humans who have had their DNA but not their bodies preserved
A pair of elderly neighbours are said to have run up legal bills of £120,000 in a dispute over a car-parking space blocking a garden gate in Maidenhead. Other recent bills for neighbour disputes:
— Six-figures: Reported legal bills run up by wealthy Nottingham neighbours over a one-metre strip of land.
— £200,000: Legal costs faced by couple in Somerset who blocked a neighbour’s drive with plant pots and a barbecue.
— £750,000: costs faced by a landowner in Wiltshire after losing a case in which he disputed a neighbour’s right of access.