Joint Committee on Human Rights: Formal Minutes

Monday 22 January 2007

Members present:

Mr Andrew Dismore MP, in the Chair

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie

Mr Douglas Carswell MP

Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Nia Griffith MP

The Earl of Onslow

Dr Evan Harris MP

Lord Plant of Highfield

Baroness Stern

1. DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie declared his interests (see Appendix).

2. TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS
Mr Robin Esser, Executive Managing Editor, The Daily Mail, Mr Peter Hill, Editor, The Daily Express, Mr Alan Travis, Home Affairs Editor, The Guardian, and Mr Tim Toulmin, Director, Press Complaints Commission, were examined..

3. LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY
Draft Report [Legislative Scrutiny: First 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 7.3 read and agreed to.

Summary read and agreed to.

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

Several papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

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

4. OLDER PERSONS IN HEALTHCARE
Motion made, and Question put, That Frances Butler be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into the human rights of older persons in healthcare.€”(The Chairman.)

The Committee divided.

Content, 6

Not Content, 1

Mr Andrew Dismore MP

Mr Douglas Carswell MP

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie

Nia Griffith MP

Dr Evan Harris MP

The Earl of Onslow

Baroness Stern


[Adjourned till Monday 29 January at 4.00pm

Appendix - Declaration of Interests

Lord Fraser of Carmyllie

*12(d) Non-parliamentary consultant
Partner, Fraser Forrest LLP
International Energy Consultants

*12(e) Remunerated directorships
Non-executive Chairman, JKX Oil and Gas plc
Non-executive Director, Alkane Energy plc
Non-executive Director, ICE Futures
Non-executive Director, London Metal Exchange
Non-executive Director, TOTAL Exploration UK Ltd

*12(f) Regular remunerated employment
Chairman, Statutory Committee, Royal Pharmaceutical Society (chairing disciplinary hearings 3/4 days most months)

*12(i) Visits
Visit to Doha, Qatar (5-6 April 2004) for International Conference on democracy, paid for by Qatar Government

Visit (6-9 June) with wife to Baku with Executive Committee of the Anglo-Azerbaijani Society, wife's flight paid for by Society

15(d) Office-holder in voluntary organisations
President, ATTEND (formerly National Association of Hospital and Community Friends)

16(b) Voluntary organisations
Patron, Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh