Joint Committee on Human Rights: Formal Minutes

Monday 21 May 2007

Members present:

Mr Andrew Dismore MP, in the Chair
Nia Griffith MP
Dr Evan Harris MP
Mark Tami MP
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie
Lord Judd
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
The Earl of Onslow
Lord Plant of Highfield
Baroness Stern

1. BRITISH BILL OF RIGHTS

Resolved, That the Committee inquire into a British Bill of Rights.€”(The Chairman.)

2. ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

The Committee considered this matter.

3. RECENT COURT MARTIAL AND UNCAT

Ordered, That the Chairman write to the Secretary of State for Defence about evidence from a recent court martial and the UN Convention on Torture.

4. LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY

The Committee considered this matter.

5. LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY: SEVENTH PROGRESS REPORT

Draft Report [Legislative Scrutiny: Seventh Progress Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1.1 to 2.1 read and agreed to.

Summary read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fifteenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Stern make the Report to the House of Lords.

6. HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY

Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State, and Rt Hon Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Justice, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 4 June at 4pm.