JCHR Press Notice 03-04 No. 7

Session 2003-04                                                6 February 2004

Forthcoming Publications


Scrutiny of Bills: Second Progress Report

The Fourth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2003-04, Scrutiny of Bills: Second Progress Report will be published at 10.00 am on Tuesday 10 February 2004, as House of Lords Paper 34/House of Commons Paper 303.

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 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. The aim is to complete the cycle of consideration of a Bill before its second reading in the second House.

This is the second 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 its concluded views on four Government Bills: the Civil Contingencies Bill, the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Bill, the Employment Relations Bill and the Gender Recognition Bill.  It also sets out some preliminary concerns it has about two Private Bills, the Ipswich Market Bill and the Medway Council Bill.  It also lists a number of Government and Private Members' 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.

Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill

The Fifth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights of Session 2003-04, on the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Bill will also be published at 10.00 am on Tuesday 10 February 2004, as House of Lords Paper 35/House of Commons Paper 304.

The Committee reported on its initial consideration of this Bill in its Third Report of this Session.  It now reports on its further consideration of the Bill in the light of the Government's response to the questions raised by the Committee.

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