JCHR Press Notice No. 24

Session 2002-03                                       20 November 2003

Recent and Forthcoming Publications


Retention of Communications Data

The Committee published its Sixteenth Report of Session 2002-03, on the Draft Voluntary Code of Practice on Retention of Communications Data under Part 11 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, on Tuesday 11 November 2003, as House of Lords Paper 181/House of Commons Paper 1272.

The Report follows-up concerns the Committee raised in relation to the provisions of Part 11 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act when it reported on the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill in late 2001.

The Draft Code and related Orders were approved by the two Houses on 13 November.


UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Committee's Eighteenth Report of Session 2002-03, on The Government's Response to the Committee's Tenth Report of Session 2002-03 on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, will be published on Tuesday 25 November 2003 as House of Lords Paper 187/House of Commons Paper 1279.

The Report contains the Government's Response to the Committee's Tenth Report of this Session and the Committee's brief commentary on that response.


Scrutiny of Bills: Final Progress Report

The Committee's Seventeenth Report of Session 2002-03 is its final progress report on its Scrutiny of Bills presented to Parliament during the Session.  It will be published on Monday 24 November 2003, as House of Lords Paper 186/House of Commons Paper 1278.

This Report draws special attention to the Hunting Bill, as introduced to the House of Lords, and the European Parliamentary and Local Elections (Pilots) Bill.

The Report also draws special attention to the following Private Members' Bills:

Company Directors' Performance and Compensation Bill

Consumer Protection (Unsolicited E-mails) Bill

Corporate Responsibility Bill

Fishery Limits (United Kingdom) Amendment Bill

Medical Practitioners and Dentists (Professional Negligence Insurance) Bill

Street Furniture (Graffiti) Bill

The Report also lists those Bills which the Committee considers do not raise any significant human rights issues.

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. 

All Reports will be available on the Committee's website at the address below from approximately 3pm on the day of publication.