JCHR Press Notice 04-05 No. 16

Session 2004-05                                                10 March 2005

Forthcoming Publication

Scrutiny: Fifth Progress Report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights publishes its Twelfth Report of Session 2004-05, Scrutiny: Fifth Progress Report on Thursday 10 March 2005 at 10am, as House of Lords Paper 77/House of Commons Paper 437.

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 fifth scrutiny report of the 2004-05 Session.  In this report the Committee comments on the human rights compatibility of one Government Bill, the Education Bill, and two Private Bills, the Liverpool City Council (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill and the London Local Authorities (Prohibition of Smoking in Places of Work) Bill.