Joint Committee on Human Rights Press Notice No. 57

Session 2008-09, 28 July 2009

The Draft Legislative Programme: JCHR legislative scrutiny priorities for 2009-10

The Joint Committee on Human Rights scrutinizes every Government Bill for its compatibility with human rights, including common law fundamental rights, the Convention rights protected by the Human Rights Act 1998 and the human rights contained in other international obligations of the UK. The Committee's scrutiny of Bills for compatibility with the requirements of human rights law includes consideration of whether the Bill presents an opportunity to enhance human rights in the UK. The Committee is actively seeking to encourage more input from civil society into its legislative scrutiny work.

Following the publication of the Government's Draft Legislative Programme for 2009-10, the Committee has provisionally identified 7 Bills and 2 draft bills which it considers are likely to raise significant human rights issues.

€ Equality Bill

€ Immigration Simplification draft bill

€ Policing, Crime and Private Security Bill

€ Bribery Bill

€ Child Poverty Bill

€ Civil Law Reform draft bill

€ Cluster Munitions Prohibition Bill

€ Constitutional Renewal Bill

€ Improving Schools and Safeguarding Children Bill

The Committee proposes to focus its legislative scrutiny work principally on these Bills and draft bills during the next parliamentary session. It has already sought evidence in relation to three of these (the Equality Bill, the Child Poverty Bill and the draft Immigration Simplification Bill). In relation to the other five Bills and one draft bill, submissions of no more than 1,500 words are invited from interested groups and individuals on:

€ The significant human rights issues likely to be raised by each Bill

€ Whether the Bill presents opportunities to enhance protection of human rights


Submissions should reach the Committee by 30 October 2009 and 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.