Joint Committee On Human Rights Seventeenth Report


Summary


Public Bills Reported on by the Committee (Session 2002-03) In the 2002-03 Session the Joint Committee on Human Rights has reported on all Bills presented to Parliament. The Committee examines each Bill with regard to its compatibility with Convention rights as defined by the Human Rights Act 1998, and for compatibility with other human rights instruments which bind the UK.

The Committee has not in general published separate reports on each Bill which raises human rights questions. For the most part it has published regular progress reports on the scrutiny of Bills, usually setting out any initial concerns and, subsequently, the Government's responses to these concerns and any further observations it may have on these responses. The aim is to complete initial consideration of a Bill before its second reading in the second House. Occasionally the Committee has returned to a Bill that it has previously considered when new matters are raised, either by way of submissions to the Committee or by way of amendments made to the Bill during its passage through Parliament.

In this 2002-03 Session, the Committee has published eleven reports on Bills before both Houses.[1] It has considered a total of 110 Public Bills, including 36 Government Bills. In addition, it has reported on Private Bills[2] presented during this session; and on the Draft Civil Contingencies Bill, the Draft Corruption Bill and the Draft Mental Incapacity Bill.[3] The Committee has also carried out fuller pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Gender Recognition Bill.[4]

This is the Committee's final Progress Report of the 2002-03 session. The Annex at the back of this report sets out details of where our comments on each individual Bill can be found.

In this report the Committee reports on the human rights implications of Bills introduced in the 2002-03 session on which it has not previously reported, and reports further on the Hunting Bill.

In relation to the Hunting Bill, the Committee draws attention to the implications of the absence from the Bill as introduced to the House of Lords of any compensation scheme for people who are deprived of property or whose rights are affected by the proposed prohibition of the hunting of wild mammals with dogs.

In relation to a number of private Member's Bills, the Committee draws attention to possible incompatibilities with rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.

Other Bills are listed as enhancing rights, or as raising no human rights issue requiring to be drawn to the attention of either House.

Relevant pieces of correspondence are appended to the Report.




1   First Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Progress Report, HL Paper 24/HC 191; Second Report, Session 2002-03, Criminal Justice Bill, HL Paper 40/HC 374; Third Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 41/HC 375; Fourth Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 50/HC 397; Seventh Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 74/HC 547; Eighth Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 90/HC 634; Eleventh Report, Session 2002-03, Criminal Justice Bill: Further Report, HL Paper 118/HC 724; Twelfth Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 119/HC 765; Thirteenth Report, Session 2002-03, Anti-social Behaviour Bill, HL Paper 120/HC 766; Fifteenth Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 149/HC 1005 Back

2   First Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Progress Report, HL Paper 24/HC 191, Third report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 41/HC 375; Fourth Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 50/HC 397; Back

3   Eighth Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 90/HC 634, Fifteenth Report, Session 2002-03, Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report, HL Paper 149/HC 1005 Back

4   Nineteenth Report, Session 2002-03, Draft Gender Recognition Bill, HL Paper 188-I&II/HC 1276-I&II Back


 
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