JCHR Press Notice 04-05 No. 11

Session 2004-05                                            17 February 2005 

Forthcoming Publication

Scrutiny: Third Progress Report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes its Seventh Report of Session 2004-05, Scrutiny: Third Progress Report on Tuesday 22 February 2005 at 10am, as House of Lords Paper 47/House of Commons Paper 333.

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 third scrutiny report of the 2004-05 Session.  In this report the Committee provides its final views on the human rights compatibility of the International Organisations Bill , and comments for the first time on the Gambling Bill, the Drugs Bill and the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill. The Committee also publishes the response received from the Government to its previous report on the Constitutional Reform Bill.