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.
HOUSE OF LORDS
HOUSE OF COMMONS
Lord Lester of Herne Hill
Baroness Perry of Southwark
Vera Baird MP (Labour, Redcar)
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
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 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. A list of Reports
of the Committee in the present Parliament is at the back of this
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 [email protected]
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'.