Of an optional nature and used by public bodies across the country.
'But I really saw red when I read the question about my sexual orientation. There was a choice of heterosexual and straight, gay woman/lesbian, bi-sexual or ''other''.
"As it so happens I am happily married to Mr Legge.."
Good for you. So you can declare this to several million readers but not tick a box on a questionnaire.
'I found the questions offensive and unnecessary - and so I shredded and recycled it".
Or maybe the council wished to know who lived in their borough and used their services to, perhaps, better tailor their offering to the community they serve.
This was too good and followed up by another piece a few days later with the predictable rent-a-quote spokesman from the so called "Taxpayers Alliance". Although they have never spoken for this taxpayer and as Private Eye pointed out several senior members don't live here or pay UK tax.
Presumably they would also object to questions (or a "grilling") on a persons transsexual (sic) status. Which although the one I saw recently was clunkily worded have been added to several forms, I believe it a good thing on balance and if you don't agree save yourself the mere 10-15 seconds and leave it alone.