JOINT COMMITTEE ON HUMAN RIGHTS
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
is as follows:
HOUSE OF LORDS
HOUSE OF COMMONS
Lord Campbell of Alloway
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Vera Baird MP (Labour, Redcar)
Mr Norman Baker MP (Liberal Democrat, Lewes)2
Jean Corston MP (Labour, Bristol East)2
Mr Kevin McNamara MP (Labour, Kingston upon Hull)
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
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 www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/hrhome.htm.
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
Appointed 16 July 2001 Back
Appointed 19 July 2001 Back
Appointed 15 November 2001 Back