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;
draft remedial orders and remedial orders.
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.
|House of Lords
||House of Commons|
|Lord Bowness||Vera Baird MP (Labour, Redcar)
|Lord Lester of Herne Hill||Mr David Chidgey MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh)
|Lord Parekh||Jean Corston MP (Labour, Bristol East) (Chairman)
|Baroness Perry of Southwark||Mr Kevin McNamara MP (Labour, Kingston upon Hull)
|Baroness Prashar||Mr Richard Shepherd MP
|Baroness Whitaker||(Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills)
|Mr Shaun Woodward MP (Labour, St Helens South)
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, 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 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. A list of Reports
of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this
The current staff of the Committee are: Paul Evans (Commons Clerk),
Thomas Elias (Lords Clerk), Professor David Feldman (Legal Adviser),
Róisín Pillay (Committee Specialist), Duma Langton
(Committee Assistant) and Pam Morris (Committee Secretary).
All correspondence should be addressed to The Clerk of the Joint
Committee on Human Rights, Committee Office, House of Commons,
7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA. 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'.