Joint Committee on Human Rights press notice no. 15

Session 2006-07, 27 February 2007

Forthcoming Publication

Legislative Scrutiny: Sexual Orientation Regulations

The Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) publishes its Sixth Report of Session 2006-07, Legislative Scrutiny: Sexual Orientation Regulations, on Wednesday 28 February 2007 at
12.30 pm
as House of Lords Paper HL 58, House of Commons Paper HC 350.

Regulations under Part 3 of the Equality Act prohibiting discrimination and harassment on grounds of sexual orientation are expected to be made soon for Great Britain. In light of the consultation held last year by the Government on these regulations, and the equivalent Northern Ireland Regulations which have already come into effect, the Committee in this "post-legislative scrutiny" Report sets out the human rights issues likely to arise in relation to the Great Britain regulations.

Embargoed copies of the Report will be available to the media from 10.00am on Wednesday 28 February: please contact Ms Jessica Bridges-Palmer on the number given below.

The report will be available from The Stationery Office (tel: 0870 600 5522), Parliamentary Hotline Lo-call 0845 7 023474, Email:, Internet:, TSO shops, The Parliamentary Bookshop, 12 Bridge Street, London SW1A 2JX (tel 020 7219 3890) and through good booksellers. It will also be on the Committee's website at the address below on the day of publication.


Mr Andrew Dismore MP (Labour, Hendon) (Chairman)
Lord Fraser of Carmyllie (Conservative)
Mr Douglas Carswell MP (Conservative, Harwich)
Lord Judd (Labour)
Nia Griffith MP (Labour, Llanelli)
Lord Lester of Herne Hill (Liberal Democrat)
Dr Evan Harris MP (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon)
The Earl of Onslow (Conservative)
Mr Richard Shepherd MP (Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills)
Lord Plant of Highfield (Labour)
Mark Tami MP (Labour, Alyn & Deeside)
Baroness Stern (Cross-Bencher)

Clerks of the Committee: Mr Nick Walker (House of Commons) 020 7219 2797 and Mr Bill Sinton (House of Lords) 020 7219 5358

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MEDIA INQUIRIES: Ms Jessica Bridges-Palmer: 020 7219 0724