Joint Committee On Human Rights Twenty-Third Report


Formal Minutes

Monday 24 July 2006

Members present:

Mr Andrew Dismore MP, in the Chair
Lord Bowness

Lord Campbell of Alloway

Lord Judd

Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Baroness Stern

Mr Douglas Carswell MP

Nia Griffith MP

Dr Evan Harris MP

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Draft Report [The Committee's Future Working Practices], proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

Ordered, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 77 read and agreed to.

Paragraph 78 read, as follows:

". In this Report we have spelt out the types of work we will seek to include in our work programme during the future course of this Parliament. We have consciously avoided according priority to any type of work over others. In the sense that legislative scrutiny will be a continuous element of our work, and only has value insofar as it is achieved in good time to inform particular parliamentary debates, it may fall into a rather different category from our other work, but we do not intend to accord it a declared priority over and above that other work, as we regard all our work as being of importance. While our different types of work as described above may all serve rather different purposes, we see them all as contributing to our overall objective of enhancing consideration of human rights matters within Parliament and in wider political and public debate."

Amendment proposed, in line 2, to leave out from "Parliament." to "While" in line 7 and insert the words "All our work is important and we have not sought to attribute degrees of importance to the different types of work undertaken. Nevertheless legislative scrutiny is a fundamentally important element of our remit and falls into a different category since it only has value in so far as it is achieved in good time to inform both Houses of Parliament during the passage of bills through Parliament. This must be taken into account, together with due consideration of the resources and time available, when establishing the priorities for our work programme."—(Lord Bowness.)

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

Amendment proposed to the proposed Amendment, in line 6, to leave out from the second "Parliament." to the end of line 8 and insert the words "We will take the necessity of fulfilling the legislative scrutiny work we have set out above into account, together with due consideration of the resources and time available to us according to the advice of the Clerks when establishing the priorities for our work programme. We will undertake other work only on the basis of a majority view of the Committee."—(Lord Campbell of Alloway.)

Question put, That the Amendment to the proposed Amendment be made.

The Committee divided.
Content, 1

Lord Campbell of Alloway

Not Content, 6

Mr Andrew Dismore MP

Nia Griffith MP

Dr Evan Harris MP

Lord Judd

Lord Lester of Herne Hill

Baroness Stern

Proposed Amendment made.

Paragraph, as amended, agreed to.

Paragraphs 79 and 80 read and agreed to.

Summary read and agreed to.

Annex (Legislative scrutiny flow chart) read and agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report, as amended, be the Twenty-third Report of the Committee to each House. —(The Chairman.)

Several Papers were ordered to be appended to the Report.

Ordered, That the Chairman do make the Report to the House of Commons and Baroness Stern do make the Report to the House of Lords.

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[Adjourned till Friday 22 September at 2.00 pm.


 
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