Joint Committee On Human Rights Second Report


The Joint Committee on Human Rights is appointed by the House of Lords and the House of Commons 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 Joint Committee has a maximum of six Members appointed by each House, of whom the quorum for any formal proceedings is three from each House. The present membership of the Committee[1] is as follows:

Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark     
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Vera Baird MP (Labour, Redcar)[2]
Mr Norman Baker MP (Liberal Democrat, Lewes)[2]
Jean Corston MP (Labour, Bristol East)[2]
Mr Kevin McNamara MP (Labour, Kingston upon Hull)[3]
Mr Shaun Woodward MP (Labour, St Helens South)[2]

On 19 July 2001, the Committee elected Jean Corston as its Chairman.

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

1   The Lords members were appointed on 3 July 2001. Mr Tony Cunningham MP was appointed by the House of Commons on 16 July 2001 and discharged on 19 July 2001 Back

2   Appointed 16 July 2001 Back

3   Appointed 19 July 2001 Back

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