Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill

Session 2003-04, 19 February 2004

Programme of oral evidence

Programme of oral evidence


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.

Public hearings

The Committee heard evidence from the Disability Rights Commission on Wednesday 11 February. The programme of future evidence sessions is outlined on the following page. These meetings are open to the public.

It is expected that all meetings will be held in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House, Westminster (entrance on Victoria Embankment). It is advisable to ring Richard Dawson on 020-7219 8363 a few days before each meeting to confirm the venue.

A transcript of each public meeting will be placed on the Committee's web pages. The web pages also contain the Committee's call for written evidence, and will contain much of the written evidence received by the Committee:

If you have any queries about a 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

Future meetings of the Joint Committee on the Draft Disability Discrimination Bill

Wednesday 25 February:

2.45 pm Confederation of Passenger Transport

3.30 pm Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee

Wednesday 3 March:

2.45 pm Disability Charities Consortium (Leonard Cheshire, Mencap, Mind, RADAR, RNIB, RNID, Scope)

Wednesday 10 March:

2.45 pm Local Government Association; A representative from the Strategic Health Authorities

3.30 pm Witnesses representing landlords, including the National Federation of Residential Landlords

Wednesday 17 March:

2.45 pm British Council of Disabled People

3.45 pm Witnesses representing private clubs, including the Association of London Clubs and the Fitness Industry Association

Wednesday 24 March:

2.45 pm Law Society

Wednesday 31 March:

2.30 pm* Maria Eagle MP, Minister for Disabled People, Department for Work and Pensions; Tony McNulty MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport

* Provisional time only. Please ring beforehand to confirm.