Compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights
200 Section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 requires the Minister in charge of a Bill in either House of Parliament to make a statement before Second Reading about the compatibility of the provisions of the Bill with the Convention rights (as defined by section 1 of that Act). The Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Theresa May MP, has made the following statement:
"In my view the provisions of the Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] are compatible with the Convention rights."
201 The Government has published a separate ECHR memorandum with its assessment of compatibility of the Bill’s provisions with the Convention rights (see related documents below).