Joint Committee on Human Rights press notice no. 9

Session 2006-07, 25 January 2007

Forthcoming Publication

Legislative Scrutiny: First Progress Report

Drawing special attention to:

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill

Welfare Reform Bill

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill

Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) publishes its Second Report of Session 2006-07, Legislative Scrutiny: First Progress Report, on Tuesday 30 January 2007 at 10.00 am as House of Lords Paper HL 34, House of Commons Paper HC 263.

The JCHR examines every Government and private Bill presented to Parliament, reporting on those which it considers raise significant human rights issues. 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 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.

The Committee publishes regular progress reports on its scrutiny of Bills, taking into account any evidence provided to it by the Government and others. From time to time the Committee also publishes separate reports on individual Bills.

In this report, the first progress report of this Session, the Committee draws the special attention of both Houses to the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill, the Welfare Reform Bill, the Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill, the Fraud (Trials without a Jury) Bill and the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill in the light of Government responses to points raised previously by the Committee.

The report will be available from The Stationery Office (tel: 0870 600 5522), Parliamentary Hotline Lo-call 0845 7 023474, Email: [email protected], Internet: http://www.tso.co.uk/bookshop, TSO shops, The Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, London SW1A 2JX (tel 020 7219 3890) and through good booksellers.  It will also be on the Committee=s website at the address below on the day of publication.

THE MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE ARE:

Mr Andrew Dismore MP (Labour, Hendon) (Chairman)
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie (Conservative)
Mr Douglas Carswell MP (Conservative, Harwich)
Lord Judd (Labour)
Mark Tami MP (Labour, ) Lord Lester of Herne Hill (Liberal Democrat)

Nia Griffith MP (Labour, Llanelli) The Earl of Onslow (Conservative)

Dr Evan Harris MP (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon) Lord Plant of Highfield (Labour)

Mr Richard Shepherd MP (Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills) Baroness Stern (Cross-Bencher)

Clerks of the Committee: Mr Nick Walker (House of Commons) 020 7219 2797 and Mr Bill Sinton (House of Lords) 020 7219 5358

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