Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill

Session 2003-04

4 February 2004

Oral evidence session

Oral evidence session

Announcement of meeting on 11 February

The two Houses of Parliament have established a Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill (Cm 6058) which was published by the Government on 3 December 2003.  The remit of the Committee is to consider the draft bill, and to report on it to both Houses. The Committee will prepare a report making recommendations (to which the Government must respond) by 30 April 2004.

The Committee's first public hearing will be at 2.45 pm on Wednesday 11 February, when evidence will be heard from Bert Massie, Chair, and Caroline Gooding, Special Adviser, Disability Rights Commission.

The meeting will be open to the public. It is expected to be held in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster (entrance on Victoria Embankment). It is advisable to ring the office on 020-7219 8363 early next week to confirm the venue.

A transcript of the evidence will be placed on the Committee's web pages. The web pages also already contain the Committee's call for written evidence:

If you have any queries about the meeting, please contact Richard Dawson on 020-7219 8363 or e-mail


Miss Anne Begg MP (Aberdeen South)
Mr Roger Berry MP (Kingswood)
Rt Hon Tom Clarke CBE MP (Coatbridge and Chryston)
Mr Paul Goodman MP (Wycombe)
Tom Levitt MP (High Peak)
Mr Roger Williams MP (Brecon and Radnorshire)

The Lord Addington
Rt Hon the Lord Carter (Chairman)
The Lord Rix, CBE, DL
The Lord Swinfen
Rt Hon the Lord Tebbit
The Baroness Wilkins