Joint Committee on Human Rights Press Notice No. 44

Press Notice No. 44, Session 2008-09, 4 June 2009


Equality Bill

The Joint Committee on Human Rights is considering the compatibility of the Equality Bill with the UK's human rights obligations. 

The Committee has decided to focus on a number of matters in the Equality Bill which it considers are capable of raising significant human rights issues.  Further details of the Committee's concerns are contained in its letter of 2 June 2009 to the Solicitor General Vera Baird QC MP:

During its recent review of its working practices, the Committee agreed that it would be helpful to engage relevant stakeholders in its legislative scrutiny work.  Submissions of no more than 1,500 words on the human rights compatibility of this Bill are therefore requested by 17 June 2009.

As part of its scrutiny of the Bill, the Committee has arranged to hear oral evidence from the following witnesses on Wednesday 24 June 2009:

At 3.00 pm : Vera Baird QC MP, Solicitor General and Maria Eagle MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Government Equalities Office


Submissions should be addressed to Dr Mark Egan, Commons Clerk of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Committee Office, House of Commons, 7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA (email:  Electronic submission in Word format is requested, but a signed hard copy should also be sent.

Evidence becomes the property of the Committee, and may be printed, placed on the Internet 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.


Mr Andrew Dismore MP (Labour, Hendon) (Chairman)
Lord Bowness  (Conservative)
John Austin MP (Labour, Erith & Thamesmead)
Lord Dubs (Labour)
Dr Evan Harris MP (Liberal Democrat, Oxford West & Abingdon)
Lord Lester of Herne Hill (Liberal Democrat)
Mr Virendra Sharma MP (Labour, Ealing, Southall)
Lord Morris of Handsworth (Labour)
Mr Richard Shepherd MP (Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills)
The Earl of Onslow (Conservative)
Mr Edward Timpson MP (Conservative, Crewe and Nantwich)
Baroness Prashar (Cross-Bencher)

Clerks of the Committee: Dr Mark Egan (House of Commons) 020 7219 2797 and Rebecca Neal (House of Lords) 020 7219 6772

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