Joint Committee On Human Rights Seventeenth Report

9 Bills which enhance protection for human rights

9.1.  The following Private Members' Bills seem to us to be likely to enhance protection for human rights in different contexts.

9.2 The Aviation Health Bill (HC Bill 136) would place on airlines the legal responsibility for protecting passengers against threats to health from flying, thus helping to protect the right to life, the right to be free of degrading treatment and the right to respect for private life under ECHR Articles 2, 3 and 8.

9.3 The Children's Commissioner for England Bill (HC Bill 121) would require the establishment of an Office of the Children's Commissioner for England, with power to do anything which appears to him or her to be necessary or expedient for the purpose of or in connection with the exercise of his or her (undefined) functions.

9.4 The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (Commencement) Bill (HC Bill 169) would bring into force on 1 January 2004, instead of its planned date in 2005, section 1 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, conferring a right to have information provided by public authorities on request.

9.5 The Physical Punishment of Children (Prohibition) Bill (HC Bill 143) would put into statutory form the common law on justification of physical punishment of a child by a parent of or carer for a child, and prohibiting physical punishment by child minders, daycare providers, nannies and au pairs, thus enhancing protection for rights of children under ECHR Article 3 (degrading treatment) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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