JCHR Press Notice 05-06 No. 21

No. 21 of Session 2005-06                                19 January 2006

Forthcoming Publication

Legislative Scrutiny: Fourth Progress Report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) publishes its Seventh Report of Session 2005-06, Legislative Scrutiny: Fourth Progress Report, on Monday 23 January 2006 at 10.00 am as House of Lords Paper HL 98, House of Commons Paper HC 829.

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 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 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. From time to time the Committee also publishes separate reports on individual Bills.

In this report the Committee draws the special attention of both Houses to two Government Bills: the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill and the Civil Aviation Bill.