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THURSDAY 19 JULY 2001

Members present:

Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Norman Baker
Jean Corston
Tony Cunningham

Mr Kevin McNamara also attended.
The Committee deliberated.
Jean Corston was called to the Chair.
Members declared their interests (see Appendix).
Resolved, That the Committee meet on Mondays at half past Four o'clock.    (The Chairman.)
Ordered, That strangers be admitted during the examination of witnesses, unless the Committee otherwise orders.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee seek written evidence on the proposal for a Draft Remedial Order relating to the Mental Health Act 1983.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee should continue to give a high priority to the scrutiny of Bills, following the procedure agreed by the predecessor Committee in the last Parliament.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee continue with the inquiry started in the last Parliament into the case for establishing a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)
The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 22 October at half past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 22 OCTOBER 2001

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


Ordered, That the Chairman report her election to the House of Commons.
The Committee deliberated.
Resolved, That the Committee visit Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Strasbourg in connection with its inquiry into a case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Monday 29 October at half past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 29 OCTOBER 2001

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Homelessness Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 12 read and agreed to.
Ordered, That a Paper (Memorandum from the Department of Transport, Local Government and the Regions) be appended to the Report.
Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.
The Committee further deliberated.
Resolved, That the Committee inquire into reports of the UK Government under the international human rights treaties.

[Adjourned till Monday 12 November at half past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2001

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated
Ordered, That Frances Butler be appointed as a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee visit Belfast on 6 and 7 February in connection with the inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Wednesday 14 November at half past Five o'clock.

WEDNESDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2001

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill: Rt Hon David Blunkett, Secretary of State for Home Affairs, a Member of the House of Commons, Mr Colin Harnett, Head of Emergency Anti-terrorism Bill Team, Mr Peter Wrench, Deputy Director General Immigration and Nationality Directorate, Mr Bob Whalley, Head of Terrorism and Protection Unit and Mr Harry Carter, Assistant Legal Adviser, Home Office, were examined.
The Committee further deliberated.
Draft Report [Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 79 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Second Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 26 November at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2001

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Ordered, That the Leaders of each House be approached about the restriction on travel by the Committee outside the UK.    (The Chairman.)
Draft Report [Proceeds of Crime Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 54 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Third Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Whitaker make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 23 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Whitaker make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 3 December at half past Two o'clock.

MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2001

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Richard Shepherd


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill: Further Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 32 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Fifth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 17 December at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 17 DECEMBER 2001

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Mental Health Act 1983 (Remedial) Order 2001], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 38 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Sixth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [Making of Remedial Orders], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 47 read and agreed to.
Annexes A to C agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Seventh Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 41 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Eighth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [Scrutiny of Bills: Progress Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 9 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Ninth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 14 January at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 14 JANUARY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated
Resolved, That the Committee review the provisions of Part 4 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act, before 13 March 2003.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee visit Dublin in connection with its inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Chairman seek the approval of the Commons Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.     (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee inquire into deaths in custody.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee take evidence on the work of the Human Rights Unit. of the Lord Chancellor's Department    (The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee seek a memorandum from the DTLR on the decision of the Court of Appeal of 14 December relating to the function of local authority housing review officers.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Monday 21 January at half past Four o'clock

MONDAY 21 JANUARY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Animal Health Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 38 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Tenth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.
Resolved, That the Committee visit New Delhi in connection with its inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Chairman seek the approval of the Commons Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Monday 4 February at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Proceeds of Crime Bill: Further Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 29 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Eleventh Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 11 February at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Ordered, That the appointment of Frances Butler as a Specialist Adviser be extended to the conclusion of the inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)
The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 25 February at half past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker


The Committee deliberated.
Resolved, That the Committee visit India, Australia and New Zealand in October in connection with its inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Chairman seek the approval of the Commons Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.    (The Chairman.)
Draft Report [Employment Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 34 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Twelfth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [Police Reform Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 and 2 read and agreed to.
Annex agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Thirteenth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 4 March at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 4 MARCH 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Scrutiny of Bills: Private Members( Bills and Private Bills], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 23 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Fourteenth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.
The Committee further deliberated.
Resolved, That the Committee inquire into the UN Committee(s Concluding Observations on the UK(s 1999 report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

[Adjourned till Monday 11 March at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 11 MARCH 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Richard Shepherd


The Committee deliberated.
Resolved, That the Committee inquire into derogations from Convention rights.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Monday 18 March at half past four

MONDAY 18 MARCH 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Police Reform Bill: Further Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 79 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Fifteenth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.
The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 21 March at Eleven o'clock

THURSDAY 21 MARCH 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Implementation of the Human Rights Act and the Work of the Human Rights Unit: Michael Wills, Parliamentary Secretary for the Lord Chancellor(s Department, a Member of the House of Commons, Mr Mark de Pulford, Head of the Human Rights Unit, Mr Richard Heaton, Human Rights Unit, Lord Chancellor's Department, were examined.
The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 15 April at half past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 15 APRIL 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Parekh
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Resolved, That the Committee examine the draft Communications Bill.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from children associated with the Children(s Rights Alliance for England.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from the Minister of State in the Cabinet Office on the consultation on the future of the equality commissions.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from the Hon Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in connection with the inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee take evidence from the Minister for Children and Young People in connection with the inquiry into the UNCRC.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Monday 22 April at half past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 22 APRIL 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated
The Case for a Human Rights Commission: Lord Irvine of Lairg, QC, The Lord Chancellor, a member of the House of Lords, Mr Mark de Pulford, Head of the Human Rights Unit, and Mr Richard Heaton, Member of the Legal Adviser(s Group; Lord Chancellor(s Department, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 29 April at half past Four.

MONDAY 29 APRIL 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 36 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Sixteenth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.
The Committee further deliberated.
Resolved, That the Committee appoint Jodie Reed as a Specialist Adviser to assist Frances Butler in its inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Tuesday 7 May at a quarter to Eleven o'clock.

TUESDAY 7 MAY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Richard Shepherd


The Committee deliberated.
The Case for a Human Rights Commission: The Hon Mary Robinson, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Mr Kevin Boyle, Special Adviser, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 13 May 2002 at half past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 13 MAY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
The Case for a Human Rights Commission: Mr Michael Leadbetter, President, Association of Directors of Social Services and Director of Social Services, Essex County Council was examined.
Mr Chris Waterman, General Secretary, Association of Chief Education Officers, Secretary, Society of Education Officers was examined.
Mr Peter Newell, Chair, Children(s Rights Alliance for England was examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 20 May at Four o'clock.

MONDAY 20 MAY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
The Case for a Human Rights Commission: Barbara Roche, Minister of State, Cabinet Office, a Member of the House of Commons, was examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 10 June at Four o'clock.

MONDAY 10 JUNE 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
The Case for Human Rights Commission: Diana Savickaja, Joel Semakula, Gbemi Sodimu, Andy Butler, James Sweeney and Fred Tyson Brown were examined.
Professor David Hall, President, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, was examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 17 June 2002 at Four o'clock.

MONDAY 17 JUNE 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 112 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Seventeenth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 42 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Eighteenth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.
The Committee further deliberated.
The Case for a Human Rights Commission: Professor Tim Brighouse, Chief Education Officer, Birmingham City Council, was examined.
Esther Rantzen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and Dr Carole Easton, Chief Executive, Childline, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 1 July at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 1 JULY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
The Case for a Human Rights Commission: Mr Gurbux Singh, Chairman, Commission for Racial Equality; Mr Bert Massie, Chairman, Disability Rights Commission; Julie Mellor, Chair and Jenny Watson, Deputy Chair, Equal Opportunities Commission, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 8 July at half past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 8 JULY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Kevin McNamara


The Committee deliberated.
Resolved, That the Committee examine the draft Extradition Bill     (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee examine the draft Mental Health Bill.    (The Chairman.)
Resolved, That the Committee inquire into the work of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Monday 15 July at Four o'clock.

MONDAY 15 JULY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Draft Communications Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 67 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Nineteenth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child: Carolyne Willow, Co-ordinator, Children(s Rights Alliance for England; Jennifer Turpie, Co-ordinator, Scottish Alliance for Children(s Rights; Catriona Williams, Chief Executive, Children in Wales; Sheri Chamberlain, Northern Ireland Programme Director, Save the Children, were examined.
Mary Marsh, Director and Chief Executive, NSPCC; Judy Lister, Regional Director for UK/Europe, Save the Children; and Kathy Evans, Head of Social Policy, Children(s Society, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 22 July at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 22 JULY 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Kevin McNamara
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Draft Extradition Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 29 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Twentieth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 23 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Twenty-first Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [The Case for a Human Rights Commission: Interim Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 15 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Twenty-second Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.
Resolved, That Jeremy Croft be appointed a Specialist Adviser to assist the Committee in its inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.    (The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Tuesday 22 October at Four o'clock.

TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Norman Baker
Mr Kevin McNamara


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill: Further Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 49 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Twenty-third Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 28 October at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 28 OCTOBER 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Adoption and Children Bill: As amended by the House of Lords on Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 37 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Twenty-fourth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 4 November at half-past Four o'clock.

MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston, in the Chair


Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird
Mr Shaun Woodward


The Committee deliberated.
Draft Report [Draft Mental Health Bill], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 91 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the Report be the Twenty-fifth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.
Draft Report [Scrutiny of Bills: Final Progress Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.
Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.
Paragraphs 1 to 8 read and agreed to.
Resolved, That the report be the Twenty-sixth Report of the Committee to each House.
Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.
Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 18 November at Four o'clock

Appendix
ENTRIES IN REGISTER OF INTERESTS OF THE MEMBERS OF THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
HOUSE OF LORDS MEMBERS
Lord Campbell of Alloway
Partner in a family estate in northern Scotland (activities include agriculture, forestry, game and letting property)
Retired (in 1993) from non-executive positions in a multi-national oil company (Chevron) and a building society with bank (Alliance and Leicester Girobank)
Trustee, Thomson Foundation for training overseas nationals in journalism and broadcasting
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Advisory Board Member, Institute of European Public Law, University of Hull
Advisory Committee Member, Constitution Unit, a research organisation within University College London, conducting an independent inquiry into the implementation of constitutional reform
Board Member, European Roma Rights Center
Chair, Advisory Panel, Independent Review of United Kingdom Anti-discrimination Legislation, Centre for Public Law, Cambridge University
Co-chair and Board Member, European Roma Rights Center
Co-editor, Butterworths Human Rights: Law and Practice
Consultant Editor, re-issue of title on Constitutional Law and Human Rights in Halsbury's Laws of England, published by Butterworths
Editorial Board Member, Public Law and International Journal of Discrimination and the Law
Editor-in-Chief, Butterworths Human Rights Cases
Governor, British Institute of Human Rights, a registered English charity
Governor, Westminster School
Honorary Professor of Public Law, University College London
Member, Advisory Board on European Law, King's College, London
Member, Council and Executive, JUSTICE (British section of the International Commission of Jurists)
Member, International Advisory Board of the Open Society Institute
Member, Law Advisory Committee, British Council
Practising member of the English Bar, specialising in constitutional and administrative law, employment, media, commercial and European law. Unremunerated Director/Trustee of the Odysseus Trust, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee that conducts research into human rights and constitutional matters and gives advice and information on an all-party basis
President, Interights (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights), a registered English charity
President, Liberal Democrat Lawyers Association
Lord Parekh
Director, Nirman Foundation (a family foundation)
Trustee, Gandhi Foundation
Trustee, Runnymede Trust (a race related think tank)
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Board Member, Cambridge Foundation
Board Member, English Speaking Union
Board Member, Royal Society Patrons
Board Member/Trustee, Daphne Jackson Trust
Chair (Joint), Parliamentary Universities Group
Chair, Chartermark Judges Panel
Chair, Church of England Review of the Crown Appointments Commission
Chair, Friends of Southwark Cathedral
Companion, Institute of Management
Member, All-Party Parliamentary Korean Group
Member, Anglo-Korean Forum
Member, British-Thai Business Group
Member, FORUM United Kingdom
Member, Partnership Korea
Non-executive Director, Addenbrookes NHS Trust
Patron, Alzheimer's Research Trust
Patron, British Youth Opera
Patron, Women's Engineering Society
President, Cambridge and South Cambs Conservative Association
President, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Trustee, Bacons City Technology College
Vice-patron, APEX Trust
Vice-president, Society for Research in Higher Education
Vice-president, Southwark Cathedral Millennium Appeal
Visitor, Collingham College
Baroness Prashar
Board Member, Salzburg Seminar (unpaid)
Chairman, National Literacy Trust (unpaid)
Chancellor, De Montfort University (unpaid)
First Civil Service Commissioner (paid)
Member, Britain in Europe (unpaid)
Member, Management Board, King's Fund (unpaid)
Non-executive Director, Unite plc (paid)
Patron, Second Chance (unpaid)
Patron, Tara Arts Group (unpaid)
Sponsor, Civil Liberties Trust (unpaid)
Trustee, Camelot Foundation (unpaid)
Trustee, Ethnic Minority Foundation (unpaid)

Baroness Whitaker
Adviser, Agency for Co-operation & Research in Development
Chair of Governors, working men's college
Executive Committee Member, Camden Racial Equality Council
Member, Employment Tribunals
Member, Friends Provident Committee of Reference
Member, Population Concern
Non-executive Director, Tavistock & Portman NHS Trust
Trustee, Runnymede Trust
Trustee, SOS Sahel
Baroness Whitaker was subsequently appointed as a Deputy Chair of the Independent Television Commission
HOUSE OF COMMONS MEMBERS
BAIRD, Vera (Redcar)
2.   Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
Practising barrister largely paid by the Legal Services Commission (Legal Aid Fund).
      Occasional journalism and lecturing.
BAKER, Norman (Lewes)
2.   Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
      Occasional fees for writing and broadcasting.
Fee from the Mail on Sunday for article published on 28 January 2001. (Registered 23 April 2001)
4.   Sponsorship or financial or material support
January-February 2001, a research assistant was provided for my House of Commons office by Forum for the Future, an organisation that organises placements for students studying sustainable development.

6.   Overseas visits
12-14 January 2001, to Berne, Switzerland, to address an international conference on the situation in Tibet. My travel and accommodation was paid for by the Tibetan Government-in-exile. (Registered 14 February 2001)
23-25 January 2001, to Berlin, with s of other political parties and leading British businesspeople. My travel and accommodation was paid for by the German Federal Government. (Registered 14 February 2001)
Unregistered interests
Liberty has acted for me in a test case under the Data Protection Act in an action against the Home Secretary acting on behalf of MI5.
CORSTON, Jean (Bristol East)
2.   Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
      Barrister at Law (no longer practising).
8.   Land and Property
House in Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland, from which occasional rental income is received.
10.   Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests
      Director of Tribune Publications Ltd. (unpaid).
      Trustee of ASDAN (Award Scheme Development Accreditation Network).
Chair: Parliamentary Labour Party Civil Liberties Group
CUNNINGHAM, Tony (Workingham)
Nil return.
McNAMARA, Kevin (Kingston upon Hull North)
6.   Overseas visits
3-5 November 2000, my wife and I received hospitality from the Holy See whilst at the Intergruppo Parlamentare Jubilaeum. (Registered 29 November 2000)
SHEPHERD, Richard (Aldridge-Brownhills)
1.   Remunerated directorships
Partridges of Sloane Street Ltd (non-executive founder Chairman); food retailing.
      Shepherd Foods (London) Ltd. (non-executive founder Chairman).
2.   Remunerated employment, office, profession, etc.
      Former member of Lloyd's. Resigned with effect from 31 December 1994.
Categories of business underwritten in open and run-off years: All, except Life.
9.   Registrable shareholdings
      (a)   Partridges of Sloane St. Ltd.
         Cottonrose Ltd.; clothes retailer.
         Shepherd Foods (London) Ltd.
         Shepherd Food Holdings Ltd.
WOODWARD, Shaun (St Helens South)
2.   Remunerated employment, office, profession etc
      Occasional media appearances.
4.   Sponsorship or financial or material support
Funding for a research assistant in my House of Commons office provided by Mr. E.W. Davidson, Chairman of property development company.
8.   Land and Property
Estate in Oxfordshire containing agricultural land and rented accommodation.
9.   Registrable shareholdings
      (b)   My wife and I hold shares in J. Sainsbury PLC.
10.   Miscellaneous and unremunerated interests
Director, English National Opera and Chairman of their Redevelopment Committee (unpaid).
      Director, Childline (unpaid).
      Trustee, Woodward Charitable Trust.
      Director, Marine Stewardship Council.
      Trustee, Royal Shakespeare Company Development Board.
      Trustee, The Victoria History of Oxfordshire Trust.
      Trustee, The Institute of Continuing Professional Development.
      Trustee, The Mulberry Bush.
      Patron, Bath International Music Festival.
      Patron, Macmillan Cancer Relief - Oxfordshire.
      Patron, Cancer Research Campaign - Oxfordshire.
      Patron, Sobell House, Oxfordshire.
      Vice-President, St. Helen's Council of Voluntary Services.
      Vice-President, St. Helen's Millennium Centre.


 
 
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