JCHR Press Notice 04-05 No. 10

Session 2004-05                                    4 February 2005

Forthcoming Publication

Scrutiny:  Second Progress Report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes its Sixth Report of Session 2004-05, Scrutiny: Second Progress Report on Tuesday 8 February 2005 at 10am, as House of Lords Paper 41/House of Commons Paper 305.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights examines every Bill presented to Parliament.  With Government Bills its starting point is the statement made by the Minister under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 in respect of its compliance with Convention rights as defined in that Act.  However, it also has regard to the provisions of other international human rights instruments to which the UK is a signatory.

The Committee does not usually publish separate reports on each Bill which raises human rights questions, but publishes regular progress reports on its scrutiny of Bills, setting out any initial concerns it has about Bills it has examined and, subsequently, the Government's responses to these concerns and any further observations it may have on these responses.

This is the Committee's second scrutiny report of the 2004-05 Session.  In this report the Committee comments for the first time on the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Bill, the Criminal Defence Service Bill, the Charities Bill (the Committee previously reported on the Draft Charities Bill in its 20th Report of Session 2003-04), and the Disability Discrimination Bill.