JCHR Press Notice 04-05 No. 12

Session 2004-05                                    24 February 2005

Forthcoming Publication

Scrutiny: Fourth Progress Report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes its Eighth Report of Session 2004-05, Scrutiny: Fourth Progress Report on Wednesday 2 March 2005 at 10am, as House of Lords Paper 60/House of Commons Paper 388.

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 fourth scrutiny report of the 2004-05 Session.  In this report the Committee provides further views on the human rights compatibility of three Bills in the light of Government responses: the Identity Cards Bill, the Serious Organised Crime and Police Bill and the Inquiries Bill.  It also comments on the Road Safety Bill, the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill and the Child Benefit Bill.