Compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights
19 Section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 requires a Minister in charge of a Bill in either House of Parliament to make a statement about the compatibility of the Bill with the Convention Rights (as defined by section 1 of that Act). Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, has stated in his view that the provisions of the Non-Domestic Rating (Nursery Grounds) Bill are compatible with the Convention rights.
20 The Bill does not engage any of the Convention rights. In particular, the Bill does not engage Article 1 Protocol 1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Protection of Property) since it removes a tax liability from ratepayers rather than creating or increasing such a liability.