JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS

18 May 2007

PRESS NOTICE no. 35

THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ADULTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

SUBMITTING EVIDENCE TO THE INQUIRY

An easy read version of this call for evidence is also being issued: see Press Notice No. 36

The Joint Committee on Human Rights announced its inquiry on the human rights of adults with learning disabilities on 29 March 2007 (Press Notices 28, 29).

The Committee intends to consider the practical application of human rights principles to:

€ the provision of public services such as healthcare, education, housing and welfare benefits to people with learning disabilities, the ability of individuals to access such services and the quality of provision;

€ the possibility for adults with learning disabilities to form and maintain personal relationships with others (such as partners, parents and children) and the positive obligations of the state which arise in this context;

€ the opportunities for people with learning disabilities to participate in the life of their local community and the state's obligation to facilitate participation; and

€ the potential of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to promote the rights of adults with learning disabilities.

Some people have told us that they would find it difficult to get their evidence to us by 25 May 2007, the deadline set in our earlier call for evidence. The Committee would particularly like to hear from individuals or groups of adults with learning disabilities and their families and carers and would regret if people from these groups were excluded by our deadline.

This inquiry is at an early stage and is likely to continue into the autumn. The Committee is, therefore, able to receive evidence after 25 May 2007. It would assist the Committee's inquiry if written evidence was submitted, at the latest, by 20 July 2007. If you have difficulty with this deadline, please contact Angela Patrick, Committee Specialist on 020 7219 3472.

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)
Nia Griffith MP (Labour, Llanelli)
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
(Liberal Democrat)
Dr Evan Harris MP (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon)
The Earl of Onslow (Conservative)
Mr Richard Shepherd MP (Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills)
Lord Plant of Highfield (Labour)
Mark Tami MP (Labour, Alyn & Deeside)
Baroness Stern (Cross-Bencher)

Clerks of the Committee: Dr Mark Egan (House of Commons) 020 7219 2797 and Mr Bill Sinton (House of Lords) 020 7219 5358

ENQUIRIES: 020 7219 2797/2467 FAX: 020 7219 8393 E-MAIL: [email protected]

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