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Minutes of Proceedings 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 two from each House.

Membership as at 20 November 20031

Lord Bowness
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Lord Parekh
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Baroness Prashar
Baroness Whitaker
Mr David Chidgey MP (Liberal Democrat, Eastleigh)
Jean Corston MP (Labour, Bristol East) (Chairman)
Mr Kevin McNamara MP (Labour, Kingston upon Hull)
Mr Richard Shepherd MP
(Conservative, Aldridge-Brownhills)
Mr Paul Stinchcombe (Labour, Wellingborough)
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 A list of Reports of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this volume.

Current Staff

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 2467; the Committee's e-mail address is

1     The following members served as members of the Committee during the Session 2002–03: Norman Baker MP (discharged 14 January 2003) , Vera Baird MP (discharged 20 October 2003) and Lord Campbell of Alloway (resigned November 2002)

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