Minutes of Proceedings
The Joint Committee on Human Rights
HOUSE OF LORDS
The Committee was appointed on 22 January 2001 and had six Members, of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings was three. At the Dissolution of the 1997 Parliament the membership of the Committee was as follows:
Lord Carlisle of Bucklow
HOUSE OF COMMONS
The Committee was appointed on 17 January 2001 and consisted of six Members, of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings was three. The members of the Committee were appointed by the House, and unless discharged, remained on the Committee until the next dissolution of Parliament. At the Dissolution of the 1997 Parliament the membership of the Committee was as follows:
Mr Desmond Browne MP (Labour, Kilmarnock and Loudoun)
JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is appointed 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 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.
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 3318; the Committee's e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 31 January 2001, the Committee elected Jean Corston as its Chairman.
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|Prepared: 9 July 2001