JCHR Press Notice 05-06 No. 45

No. 45 of Session 2005-06 19 July 2006

Forthcoming Publication

Legislativate Scrutiny: Twelfth Progress Report

reporting on the
Armed Forces Bill

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) publishes its Twenty-second Report of Session 2005-06, Legislative Scrutiny: Twelfth Progress Report, on Friday 21 July 2006 at 10.00 am as House of Lords Paper HL 233, House of Commons Paper HC 1547.

The Joint Committee on Human Rights examines Bills presented to Parliament in order to report on their human rights implications. 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 the Armed Forces Bill.