Joint Committee on Human Rights Formal Minutes

Monday 24 July 2006

Members present:

Mr Andrew Dismore MP, in the Chair
Lord Bowness
Lord Campbell of Alloway
Mr Douglas Carswell MP
Nia Griffith MP
Dr Evan Harris MP
Lord Judd
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Stern

Nia Griffith MP declared her interests (See Appendix).

1. THE COMMITTEE'S WORKING PRACTICES

Draft Report [The Committee's Future Working Practices], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

[The formal minutes relating to the consideration of the Report are published in the 23rd Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Session 2005-06, The Committee's Future Working Practices, HL Paper 239/HC 1575, pp 30-31.]

Ordered, That the appointment of Francesca Klug as specialist adviser to the Committee be extended for her to continue to advise the Committee on its working practices.

2. TREATMENT OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

The Committee considered this matter.

3. COUNTER-TERRORISM POLICY AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Draft Report [Counter-terrorism Policy and Human Rights: Prosecution and Pre-Charge Detention], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 171 read and agreed to.

Summary read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Twenty-fourth 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.

Ordered, That the provisions of House of Commons Standing Order No. 134 (Select committees (reports)) be applied to the Report.

4. LEGISLATIVE SCRUTINY

Draft Report [Legislative Scrutiny: Thirteenth 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 2.6 read and agreed to.

Summary read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Twenty-fifth Report of the Committee to each House.

A paper was 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.

[Adjourned till Friday 22 September at 2.00pm.

Appendix - Declaration of Interests

Nia Griffith MP

4. Sponsorship or financial or material support

Donation to my constituency party from USDAW. (Registered 21 July 2005)

8. Land and Property

Small holding, in receipt of Tir Gofal funding.