THIRD SPECIAL REPORT
The Joint Committee on Human Rights has agreed
to the following Special Report:
SCRUTINY OF BILLS
1. Within our remit "to consider matters relating
to human rights in the United Kingdom", we consider it a
priority to scrutinise the human rights aspects of bills and to
advise Parliament as we deem appropriate. In the case of selected
bills, such as the Criminal Justice and Police Bill, we intend
to publish our detailed comments.
2. We have therefore authorised our Chairman, at
her discretion, to write in our name to Ministers responsible
for Bills, raising questions or concerns in the area of human
rights. Such letters have been sent, and responses received, in
respect of the following Bills:
- Private Security Industry
3. The purpose of this exercise was to gather information
and it does not imply that the Committee has reached a conclusion
about any of the provisions in the bills concerned.
4. The Chairman's letters, and the Government's replies,
are printed with this Report to inform consideration of these
Bills in this or a subsequent Session of Parliament.
5. The Regulatory Reform Bill has also been considered
by the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee of the House
of Lords: in its 2nd and 10th Reports of Session 2000-2001.
1 Now an Act. Back
HL Papers 8 and 38. Back