Joint Committee On Human Rights Twenty-First 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) and proposals for remedial orders made under Section 10 of the Human Rights Act 1998.

Current Membership
Lord Campbell of Alloway

Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Lord Parekh

Baroness Perry of Southwark

Baroness Prashar

Baroness Whitaker

Vera Baird MP (Labour, Redcar)

Mr Norman Baker MP (Liberal Democrat, Lewes)

Jean Corston MP (Labour, Bristol East) (Chairman)

Mr Kevin McNamara MP (Labour, Kingston upon Hull)

Mr Richard Shepherd MP

 (Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills)

Mr Shaun Woodward MP (Labour, St Helens South)


The Committee's terms of reference are set out in Standing Order No. 152B of the House of Commons and the Order of the House of Lords of 3 July 2001.


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 A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is on the inside front cover of this Report.


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 2797; the Committee's e-mail address is


In the footnotes of this Report, references to oral evidence are indicated by 'Q' followed by the question number. References to written evidence are indicated by the page number as in 'Ev 12'.

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