JCHR Press Notice 04-05 No. 9

Session 2004-05                                    31 January 2005

Forthcoming Publication

Identity Cards Bill


The Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes its  Fifth Report of Session 2004-05, Identity Cards Bill on Wednesday 2 February 2005 at 10am, as House of Lords Paper 35/House of Commons Paper 283.

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.

In this report, the Committee sets out its provisional views on the human rights compatibility of the Identity Cards Bill.  It will report on the Bill again once it has received and considered the Government's response to various questions raised by the Committee.

This Report is part of the ongoing series of reports from the Committee which examines all Bills introduced to Parliament in respect of their compliance with Convention rights and other human rights instruments.