JCHR Press Notice 03-04 No. 23

Session 2003-04                                        4 June 2004

Forthcoming Publication

Scrutiny of Bills: Sixth Progress Report

The Thirteenth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2003-04, Scrutiny of Bills: Sixth Progress Report is published today, Friday 4 June 2004 as House of Lords Paper 102/House of Commons Paper 640.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights examines every Bill presented to Parliament.  With Government Bills its starting point is the statement made by the Minister under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 in respect of its compliance with Convention rights as defined in that Act.  However, it also has regard to the provisions of other international human rights instruments to which the UK is a signatory.

The Committee does not usually publish separate reports on each Bill which raises human rights questions, but publishes regular progress reports on its scrutiny of Bills, setting out any initial concerns it has about Bills it has examined and, subsequently, the Government's responses to these concerns and any further observations it may have on these responses.

In this Report, the Committee's sixth progress report on its scrutiny of Bills in the 2003-04 Session, the Committee draws the special attention of each House to the human rights implications of two Government Bills on which it has previously commented,  the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill (particularly in respect of the replacement for the "ouster clause" introduced by the Government) and the Employment Relations Bill.