JCHR Press Notice No. 20

17 July 2003



The Government published the Draft Gender Recognition Bill on 11 July (as Cm 5875).

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is conducting pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Bill which is designed to provide for transsexual people to gain legal recognition in their acquired gender.  The Bill was prepared in response to adverse findings of the European Court of Human Rights.

Submissions concerning the Bill should be sent to Paul Evans, Commons Clerk of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA.  Electronic submission is acceptable to meet the closing date, but a signed hard copy should also be sent-in any event, witnesses are asked wherever possible to accompany hard copy by an electronic version, preferably in Word  format. Evidence should if possible arrive by 11 September  2003; evidence submitted later may not be able to be taken into account in the Committee's deliberations.

Shorter submissions (of fewer than 5000 words) would be preferred. Longer submissions should include a one-page summary. Paragraphs should be numbered. If drawings or charts are included, these must be black-and-white and of camera-ready quality.  Evidence should be signed and dated, with a note of the author's name and status, and of whether the evidence is submitted on an individual or corporate basis.  Only one hard copy is required. All submissions will be acknowledged.

Evidence becomes the property of the Committee, and may be printed or circulated by the Committee at any stage.  You may publicise or publish your evidence yourself, but in doing so you must indicate that it was prepared for the Committee.  Evidence published other than under the authority of the Committee does not attract Parliamentary privilege.

Further information on the Joint Committee is available on its website at the address shown below.