JCHR Press Notice 05-06 No. 01

Session 2005-06                                                 20 July 2005

JCHR holds its first meeting in new Parliament


ANDREW DISMORE MP ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN

At its first meeting on 19 July 2005 the Committee elected Andrew Dismore MP as Chairman.

MEMBERSHIP

The Committee was nominated by the House of Commons on Wednesday 13 July 2005 and by the House of Lords on Tuesday 19 July 2005.  The members of the Committee are:

Mr Douglas Carswell MP (Con, Harwich)
Mary Creagh MP (Lab, Wakefield)
Mr Andrew Dismore MP (Lab, Hendon) (Chair)
Dr Evan Harris MP (Lib Dem, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Mr Dan Norris MP (Lab, Wansdyke)
Mr Richard Shepherd MP (Con, Aldridge-Brownhills)

Lord Bowness (Con)
Lord Campbell of Alloway (Con)
Lord Judd (Lab)
Lord Lester of Herne Hill (LibDem)
Lord Plant of Highfield (Lab)
Baroness Stern (Cross-Bencher)

Biographical and other details of members of the Committee can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/directories/directories.cfm

CONTACTING THE COMMITTEE

Correspondence with the Committee should be addressed to the Chairman or to the Commons Clerk of the Committee, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA, or by e-mail to [email protected]

SCRUTINY OF BILLS AND DRAFT BILLS

The Committee will continue the practice adopted by its predecessor Committees in the last two Parliaments of scrutinising primary legislation introduced into either House of Parliament for its compatibility with the Convention rights as defined in the Human Rights Act 1998, as well as for its compatibility with other international human rights instruments to which the UK is a party. See the Committee's Press Notice No. 2 of Session 2005-06 for further details and a call for evidence.

UK COMPLIANCE WITH THE UN CONVENTION AGAINST TORTURE (UNCAT)

The Committee has decided to inquire into UK compliance with the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT). For the Committee's call for evidence in this inquiry, please see the Committee's Press Notice No. 3 of Session 2005-06.

NEXT MEETING

The next meeting of the Committee will be on 10 October at 4.00 pm in private.

Reports and press notices from the previous Parliament are available at our website: http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/hrhome.htm