Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is appointed
by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to consider matters
relating to human rights in the United Kingdom (but excluding
consideration of individual cases); proposals for remedial orders
made under Section 10 of and laid under Schedule 2 to the Human
Rights Act 1998; and in respect of draft remedial orders and remedial
orders, whether the special attention of the House should be drawn
to them on any of the grounds specified in Standing Order No.
73 (Lords)/151 (Commons) (Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)).
The Joint Committee has a maximum of six Members
appointed by each House, of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings
is three from each House.
House of Lords House of Commons
Lord Bowness Vera Baird MP (Labour, Redcar)
Lord Lester of Herne Hill Mr David Chidgey MP
(Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh)
Lord Parekh Jean Corston MP (Labour, Bristol
Baroness Perry of Southwark Mr Kevin McNamara
MP (Labour, Kingston upon Hull)
Baroness Prashar Mr Richard Shepherd MP (Conservative,
Baroness Whitaker Mr Shaun Woodward MP (Labour,
St Helens South)
The Committee has the power to require the submission
of written evidence and documents, to examine witnesses, to meet
at any time (except when Parliament is prorogued or dissolved),
to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom, to adjourn
to institutions of the Council of Europe outside the United Kingdom
no more than four times in any calendar year, to appoint specialist
advisers, and to make Reports to both Houses.
The Lords Committee has power to agree with the Commons
in the appointment of a Chairman. The procedures of the Joint
Committee follow those of House of Lords Select Committees where
they differ from House of Commons Committees.
The Reports and evidence of the Joint Committee are
published by The Stationery Office by Order of the two Houses.
All publications of the Committee (including press notices) are
on the internet at www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/hrhome.htm.
A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is
at the back of this volume.
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk
of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Committee Office House
of Commons London SW1A 0AA. The telephone number for general inquiries
is: 020 7219 2797; the Committee's e-mail address is [email protected]