Joint Committee on Human Rights First Report

B. The Structure of the Bill

5. The Home Secretary, who had made a statement under s. 19(1)(a) of the Human Rights Act 1998 in respect of this Bill, introduced it to the House of Commons on 18 January 2001.[5] Parts 1 to 4 of the Bill contain a collection of measures to combat crime and disorder, amending the provisions of many pieces of legislation in order to increase the powers of the police and the courts. Part 5 of the Bill makes provision for the establishment of a Central Police Training and Development Authority to provide, promote, and assist others to provide police training, and to provide consultancy services with respect to best practice in policing. Part 6 of the Bill amends the provisions of the Police Act 1996 and the Police Act 1997 with regard to the membership of police authorities and the structure and funding of the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the National Crime Squad. Part 7 contains miscellaneous and supplemental provisions, including in clause 130 an amendment to the Bail Act 1976 requiring a court to give reasons when granting bail, despite the prosecutor's opposition, to someone who has not applied for it, while clauses 131 to 134 introduce various other changes relating to bail for children and young persons.

6. We take the view that Parts 5 and 6 of the Bill raise no human rights issues requiring to be brought to the attention of either House.

7. By contrast, Parts 1 to 4 and 7 of the Bill give rise to a number of issues relating to human rights. The remainder of this Report concentrates on these, addressing them in the order in which they appear in the Bill.

5   For an account of the political background to the proposals, and useful notes on the Bill's provisions, see House of Commons Library Research Paper 01/10, The Criminal Justice and Police Bill (29 January 2001). A briefing on the Bill for its Second Reading in the House of Commons was prepared and distributed by Liberty, and is reprinted at pp. 15-19 of the First Special Report. Back

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