JCHR Press Notice 05-06 No. 31

No. 31 of Session 2005-06                                  3 March 2006

Forthcoming Publications

Legislative Scrutiny: Sixth Progress Report

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.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) publishes its Fourteenth Report of Session 2005-06, Legislative Scrutiny:  Sixth Progress Report, on Monday 6 March at 10.00 am as House of Lords Paper 134, House of Commons Paper 955.

In this report the Committee draws the special attention of both Houses to two Government Bills: the Civil Aviation Bill and the Fraud Bill.

Implementation of Strasbourg Judgments: First Progress Report

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) publishes its Thirteenth Report of Session 2005-06, Implementation of Strasbourg Judgments: First Progress Report, on Wednesday 8 March at 10.00 am as House of Lords Paper 133, House of Commons Paper 954.

In this Report, the Committee analyses progress in implementing judgments of the European Court of Human Rights which have found the UK to be in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). The Committee has continued the practice of its predecessor Committee in the last Parliament, of monitoring the general implementation measures put in place following such judgments, by writing to the relevant Minister requesting information about the implementation steps proposed. This report publishes the Committee's correspondence with Ministers regarding ECtHR cases, and analyses the progress made towards implementation in each case.

The reports will be available from The Stationery Office (tel: 0870 600 5522), Parliamentary Hotline Lo-call 0845 7 023474, Email: book.orders@tso.co.uk, Internet: http://www.tso.co.uk/bookshop, TSO shops, The Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, London SW1A 2JX (tel 020 7219 3890) and through good booksellers.  They will also be on the Committee's website on the day of publication.