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Monday 18 November 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

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

Ordered, That the public be admitted during the examination of witnesses, unless the Committee otherwise orders.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That witnesses have permission to publish memoranda submitted to the Committee, unless the Committee otherwise orders.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee deliberated.

UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Rt Hon John Denham, a Member of the House of Commons, Minister for Young People, Home Office, and Althea Efunshile, Director, Children and Young People's Unit, Department for Education and Skills, were examined.

[Adjourned till Thursday 28 November at Four o'clock.

Thursday 28 November 2002

The Committee met at Castle Buildings, Stormont

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP

There being two members from each House present, the Committee proceeded to the examination of witnesses.

Work of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Professor Brice Dickson, Chief Commissioner, Professor Tom Hadden, Commissioner, Patrick Yu, Commissioner and Paddy Sloan, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, were examined;

Work of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Professor Christine Bell and Dr Inez McCormack, were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 2 December at a quarter to Four o'clock.

Monday 2 December 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Whitaker
Lord Parekh
Baroness Prashar
Mr Kevin McNamara MP

There being two members from each House present, the Committee proceeded to the examination of witnesses.

Work of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Des Browne, a Member of the House of Commons, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office; and Kirsten McFarlane, Head of the Human Rights Unit, Northern Ireland Office were examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 9 December at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 9 December 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Whitaker
Lord Parekh
Baroness Prashar
Vera Baird MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP

The Committee deliberated.

The Chairman's attention having been called to the fact that fewer than three members of the House of Commons were present, she adjourned the Committee till Monday 16 December at half-past Four o'clock.

[Adjourned till Monday 16 December at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 16 December 2002

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP

The Committee deliberated.

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 57 read and agreed to.

Paragraphs 58 to 68 read.

Motion made, and Question put, That paragraphs 58 to 68 stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.

Not Content, 2

Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Content, 6

Vera Baird MP
Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Paragraphs 58 to 68 agreed to.

Paragraphs 69 to 95 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to each House.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Lord Bowness do make the Report to the House of Lords.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 13 January at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 13 January 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do seek evidence from Rt Hon Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, Rt Hon Lord Newton of Braintree and the Home Office on reviewing the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do visit Dublin in connection with its inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.—(The Chairman.)

Ordered, That the Chairman do seek the approval of the Liaison Committee for expenditure in connection with the said visit.

The Chairman's attention having been called to the fact that fewer than three members of the House of Lords were present, she adjourned the Committee till Monday 27 January at half-past Four o'clock.

[Adjourned till Monday 27 January at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 27 January 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Criminal Justice 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 57 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Second Report of the Committee to each House.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar do 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 78 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 do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar do make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 3 February at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 3 February 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do inquire into the meaning of "public authority" in section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998.—(The Chairman.)

The Committee further deliberated.

In the absence of the Chairman, Mr Kevin McNamara was called to the Chair.

The Committee further 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 61 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fourth Report of the Committee to each House.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry do make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 10 February at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 10 February 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 24 February at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 24 February 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

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

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do issue a call for evidence on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Draft Report [Continuance in force of sections 21 to 23 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read the first time.

Motion made, and Question put, that the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

The Committee divided:

Content, 9

Vera Baird MP
Mr David Chidgey MP
Jean Corston MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Not Content, 1

Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Ordered
, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 55 read and agreed to.

Motion made, and Question put, That the Report be the Fifth Report of the Committee to each House.

The Committee divided.

Content, 9

Vera Baird MP
Mr David Chidgey MP
Jean Corston MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Not Content, 1

Mr Kevin McNamara MP
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 do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar do make the Report to the House of Lords.

The Committee further deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do not now visit Dublin in connection with its inquiry into the case for a human rights commission.—(The Chairman.)

[Adjourned till Monday 3 March at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 3 March 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [The Case for a Human Rights Commission], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

[For the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report, see Sixth Report from the Committee of Session 2002–03, HL Paper 67-I/HC 489-I, pp. 91–97]

[Adjourned till Monday 10 March at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 10 March 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP

The Committee deliberated.

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

Monday 17 March 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

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

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 63 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Seventh Report of the Committee to each House.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Perry do make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 31 March at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 31 March 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP. in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That Lord Bowness do visit Brussels in a representative capacity to attend the special hearing of the European Parliament Committee on Citizens Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs on "Respect for fundamental rights: the situation within the EU in 2002".—(The Chairman.)

Resolved, That the Committee do take evidence from Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, on the Criminal Justice Bill.

The Committee further deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 7 April at Four o'clock.

Monday 7 April 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Scrutiny of Bills: Further Progress Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

[For the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report, see Eighth Report from the Committee of Session 2002–03, HL Paper 90/HC 634, pp. 20–21]

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

Monday 28 April 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [The Case for a Children's Commissioner for England], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

[For the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report, see Ninth Report from the Committee of Session 2002–03, HL Paper 96/HC 666, pp. 21–22]

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

Monday 19 May 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Thursday 22 May at half-past Ten o'clock.

Thursday 22 May 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr David Chidgey MP

There being two members from each House present, the Committee proceeded to the examination of the witness.

Criminal Justice Bill: Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, a member of the House of Lords, Minister of State of the Home Office, was examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 9 June at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 9 June 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 116 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Tenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 of the House of Commons be applied to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Whitaker do make the Report to the House of Lords.

Draft Report [Criminal Justice 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 105 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Eleventh Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Whitaker do 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 1.1 to 7.2 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Twelfth Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Whitaker do make the Report to the House of Lords.

Draft Report [Anti-social Behaviour 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 59 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Thirteenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Whitaker do make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 16 June at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 16 June 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Lester
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 23 June at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 23 June 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Parekh
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 30 June at Five o'clock.

Monday 30 June 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do take evidence on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from Mr Bill Rammell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Draft Report [Work of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 83 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Fourteenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the provisions of Standing Order No. 134 of the House of Commons be applied to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar do make the Report to the House of Lords.

[Adjourned till Monday 7 July at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 7 July 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

Fewer than three Members of the House of Commons being present, the Chairman adjourned the Committee till Monday 14 July at half past Four o'clock.

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

Monday 14 July 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee Specialist do visit Geneva in August to observe the UK's oral hearing before the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination.—(The Chairman.)

Draft Report [Scrutiny of Bills and Draft Bills: Further Progress Report], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

[For the Minutes of Proceedings relating to the Report, see Fifteenth Report from the Committee of Session 2002–03, HL Paper 149/HC 1005, pp. 27–29]

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

Monday 15 September 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Parekh
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

There being two members from each House present, the Committee proceeded to the examination of the witness.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Mr Bill Rammell MP, a member of the House of Commons, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, was examined.

[Adjourned till Monday 20 October at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 20 October 2003 2

    2     On 15 October 2003 the House of Commons amended its standing orders to reduce the quorum of its Committee from three to two. The House of Lords amended its quorum to two on 23 October 2003.

Members present:

Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

In the absence of the Chairman, Baroness Perry of Southwark was called to the Chair.

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 27 October at half-past Four o'clock

Monday 27 October 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Paul Stinchcombe MP

The Committee deliberated.

Resolved, That the Committee do take evidence from the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, the Rt Hon Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC.

[Adjourned till Monday 3 November at half-past Four o'clock

Monday 3 November 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Prashar
Mr Paul Stinchcombe MP
Mr Shaun Woodward MP

The Committee deliberated.

[Adjourned till Monday 10 November at half-past Four o'clock.

Monday 10 November 2003

Members Present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Baroness Perry of
Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Kevin McNamara MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP

The Committee deliberated.

Draft Report [Draft Voluntary Code of Practice on Retention of Communications Data under Part 11 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 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 33 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Sixteenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar do make the Report to the House of Lords.

The Committee further deliberated.

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

Monday 17 November 2003

Members present:

Jean Corston MP, in the Chair

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
Mr Paul Stinchcombe MP

The Committee deliberated.

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 1.1 to 11.5 read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Seventeenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar do make the Report to the House of Lords.

The Committee further deliberated.

Draft Report [The Government's Response to the Committee's Tenth Report of Session 2002–03 on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child], 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 Eighteenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar do make the Report to the House of Lords.

The Committee further deliberated.

Draft Report [Draft Gender Recognition 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 Nineteenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Summary agreed to.

Ordered, That certain papers be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and that Baroness Prashar do make the Report to the House of Lords.

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

 
 
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