JCHR Press Notice 03-04 No. 31

Session 2003-04                            28 October 2004


Scrutiny of Bills: Eighth Progress Report

The Twentieth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2003-04, Scrutiny of Bills: Eighth Progress Report will be published on Monday 1 November 2004 at 10.00 am as House of Lords Paper 182/House of Commons Paper 1187.

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 eighth 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 three Government Bills on which it has previously commented,  the Hunting Bill, the Civil Partnership Bill, and the Housing Bill; gives an update on the Employment Relations Act and analyses  two draft Bills: the draft Charities Bill and the draft School Transport Bill.