JCHR Press Notice 03-04 No. 6

Session 2003-04                                            22 January 2004

Forthcoming Publication

Scrutiny of Bills: Progress Report

The Third Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2003-04, Scrutiny of Bills: Progress Report will be published at 10.00 am on Monday 26 January 2004, as House of Lords Paper 23/House of Commons Paper 252.

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 which bind the UK.

The Committee does not in general 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. The aim is to complete the cycle of consideration of a Bill before its second reading in the second House.

This report is the first progress report from the Committee on its scrutiny of Bills introduced in the 2003-04 Session. It draws the special attention of each House to two Government Bills, the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill and the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill.  It also lists a number of public and private Bills which, in the Committee's view, do not need to be drawn to the attention of either House on human rights grounds at this time.

The Report will be available on the internet from approximately 3pm on the day of publication.