JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS

22 May 2007
PRESS NOTICE no. 37

PUBLICATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ACT 1998
(MEANING OF PUBLIC AUTHORITY) BILL

The Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill has been published.

The Bill has been tabled by Andrew Dismore MP, Chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and is supported by other members of the Committee. It implements the key recommendation of the Committee's recent report on the Meaning of Public Authority (which can be found here).

Mr Dismore said:

"Under the Human Rights Act, public authorities - such as central and local government - must act in ways which protect and promote the human rights of the people who deal with them. But many services - such as care homes - are now contracted out to the private sector. It is not clear in law whether the Human Rights Act applies to these services. We think that it should: human rights should be protected whether the service is provided by the public or private sector. My Bill would clarify the law and ensure vulnerable people - for example, in care homes - get the protection they deserve from the Human Rights Act."

The Second Reading debate on the Human Rights Act 1998 (Meaning of Public Authority) Bill is due on Friday 15 June.

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]

HOMEPAGE: http://www.parliament.uk/jchr

MEDIA INQUIRIES: Ms Jessica Bridges-Palmer: 020 7219 0724