Joint Committee On Human Rights Eighth Report

Conclusions and Recommendations

57. In relation to the Bills and draft Bill considered here, we report—

On the Fire Services Bill

— we consider that the Bill is likely to be compatible with Convention rights (paragraph 10, above);

— we draw attention to the possibility that the Bill would be incompatible with rights relating to collective bargaining under Article 6 of the European Social Charter and Article 8 of ILO Convention No. 151, in the light of the very wide scope of powers under the Bill (paragraphs 11-14 and 17-20, above);

On the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Bill

— we draw attention to the letter from the Minister of State at the Department of Health and its implications (paragraphs 24-25, above);

On the Greenbelt Protection Bill

   — we draw to the attention of each House the risk that the power to issue notices under proposed new sections 215A and 215B of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 relating to unauthorised development could give rise to a violation of ECHR Article 6.1 because of the absence of a hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, and we recommend that provision for such a hearing or hearings should be added to the Bill, along the lines of that contained in sections 217 and 218 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (paragraphs 50-51, above).

58. In other respects, we report that the Bills considered here, and the Draft Corruption Bill, do not, in our view, require to be drawn to the attention of either House on human rights grounds.

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