JCHR Press Notice 03-04 No. 9

Session 2003-04                                            12 February 2004

Call for Evidence

Naval Discipline Act 1957 (Remedial) Order 2004

On 15 January, the Secretary of State for Defence laid before Parliament the Naval Discipline Act 1957 (Remedial) Order 2004, S.I., 2004, No. 66.

The order uses the "fast track" procedure provided for in Section 10 of and Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998 to remedy an incompatibility with the Convention rights in the Naval Discipline Act 1957 which was identified in the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights of 16 December 2003 in the case of Grieves v. United Kingdom.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is required by its terms of reference to report to Parliament on any remedial order made under the Human Rights Act.  It will expect to report on the above order shortly after 22 March 2004.

Anyone wishing to comment on the provisions of the remedial order should send their submission to Paul Evans, Commons Clerk of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.  Electronic submission is acceptable to meet the closing date, but a signed hard copy should also be sent-in any event, witnesses are asked wherever possible to accompany hard copy by an electronic version, preferably in Word  format. Evidence should arrive by Monday 15 March 2004.

Evidence becomes the property of the Committee, and may be printed or circulated by the Committee at any stage.  You may publicise or publish your evidence yourself, but in doing so you must indicate that it was prepared for the Committee.  Evidence published other than under the authority of the Committee does not attract Parliamentary privilege.