Conclusions and recommendations
63. We draw the following matters to the attention
of each House
On the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.)
- We recommend that the Bill should be amended
to include on the face of the Bill a requirement for NHS bodies
to adopt an appropriate procedure for assessing whether, in each
case, disclosing medical information about a patient to a social
services authority without the patient's consent would meet the
requirements of ECHR Article 8.2.
On the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill
- We draw to the attention of each House the
Government's response to our questions about safeguards against
abuse of power in relation to customer information orders and
account monitoring orders (paragraph 25), and in relation to surveillance
in the United Kingdom by foreign police officers (paragraphs 27
- We welcome the amendments to increase the
safeguards in relation to surveillance in the United Kingdom by
foreign police officers (paragraph 30).
On the Licensing Bill
- We welcome the amendment to clause 134 to
prevent performers from being criminally liable for participating
in unauthorized licensable activities (paragraph 34).
- We draw attention to the risk that exempting
certain people or buildings from the licensing regime, or from
fees, might give rise to discrimination in violation of ECHR Article
14 taken together with ECHR Article 9 or Article 10 (paragraph
On the Criminal Justice Bill
- We welcome the Government's amendments to
what are now clauses 144 and 145 to ensure that child defendants
will receive copies of pre-sentence reports unless the court is
satisfied that they would put the child at risk of serious harm
(paragraphs 38 and 39).
On the Sexual Offences Bill
- We draw attention to the matters raised in
the letter from our Chair to the Minister about certain aspects
of the Bill (paragraphs 41 and 42).
On the Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill
- We draw attention to the reasons for our view
that the Bill would not be incompatible with the right to life
under ECHR Article 2 (paragraphs 51-54 and 61).