51. Memorandum from Harrow
Council for Racial Equality
The comments in regard as to whether a commission
should be established are as follows:
Q.1 In addition to those mentioned (a) to
(e) in your "call for evidence" dated 5 April 2001,
a small monitoring team could be set up with the remit to visit
public authorities (eg Prisons, Government Departments, Armed
Forces) to review their implementation of Human Rights functions
with a view to offering help and advice to improve and develop
Q.2 To report to the committee on a regular
basis. Matters for consideration to be developed in the light
of its findings in operation.
Q.4 There should be a single body extending
to all parts of the UK.
Q.6 (a) The CRE, EOC and DRC should continue
to exist. These bodies should continue their present specialised
(b) Issues relating to equal opportunities and the
remit of the CRE, EOP, DRC should be excluded from a Human Rights
Commission. This would enable it to concentrate on other areas.
Q.9 A Human Rights Commission should have
similar powers to the CRE, EOC and DRC in respect of areas of
Human Rights not covered by those specialised bodies.
18 June 2001