Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments Press Notice 1 (2002-03)

Session 2002-03        2 June 2003

Committee considers the draft Employment Equality (Religion or Belief) Regulations 2003 and the draft Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003

The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments is continuing its consideration of the draft Employment Equality regulations, which were laid before Parliament on 8 May 2003.

The Committee has requested that officials from the Department for Trade and Industry appear before it to explain certain aspects of the draft Regulations.  This session will take place on Tuesday 3 June at 4.25 pm  in Committee Room 8 of the Palace of Westminster. 

The meeting will be open to the public.

Access to committee rooms in the Palace of Westminster is via St Stephen's Entrance. It is advisable to allow about 10 minutes to pass through security checks.  There is no system for the prior reservation of seats in the Committee Rooms. As Committee Rooms are liable to change, those attending are advised to check the room location on arrival.  The Committee Office recorded information line (020 7219 2033) provides details of select and standing committee meetings being held within the next two days.

Notes for Editors

1. The Regulations in question are intended to implement in part the provisions of EC Directive 2000/78/EC (establishing a general framework for equal treatment in employment and occupation) in UK law. They are draft instruments subject to affirmative resolution (i.e. they must be approved by both Houses before they are made law). 

2. The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments is appointed by both Houses to examine statutory instruments laid before Parliament on a number of specified technical grounds. Its terms of reference are set out in its Standing Orders (House of Commons Standing Order No. 151 and House of Lords Standing Order No. 74). 

3. The Joint Committee may report to both Houses on matters arising from its terms of reference. It can require Departments to send officials to appear before it in order to explain statutory instruments under consideration.  It may not report on the merits of any statutory instrument or the policy which lies behind an instrument. It does not have the power to block the passage of statutory instruments through Parliament.