JCHR Press Notice 05-06 No. 07

No 7 of Session 2005-06                                20 October 2005


Legislative Scrutiny: First Progress Report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) publishes its First Report of Session 2005-06, Legislative Scrutiny: First Progress Report, on Monday 24 October 2005 at 10am, as House of Lords Paper 48, House of Commons Paper 560.

The JCHR 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 about Bills it has examined and, subsequently, the Government's responses to these concerns and any further observations it may have on these responses.

In this, its first legislative scrutiny report of Session 2005-06, the Committee considers a number of Bills which have been "reintroduced" by the Government in the new Parliament. Previous versions of these Bills were reported on by the JCHR in Session 2004-05, and in examining the versions introduced in the new Parliament the Committee has in general confined itself to a consideration of the human rights implications of any differences between the Bills as introduced this Session compared with the Bills in Session 2004-05, as well as taking into account any evidence submitted to it, or other developments since the previous Committee considered the Bills.

In the Report the Committee comments on the human rights compatibility of the following reintroduced Government Bills: Charities Bill, Consumer Credit Bill, Criminal Defence Service Bill, Crossrail Bill, Identity Cards Bill, National Lottery Bill, Racial and Religious Hatred Bill, Road Safety Bill, Transport (Wales) Bill.