Work of the Committee in 2008-09 - Human Rights Joint Committee Contents


Annex 3: Committee amendments to bills


BillIssue raised in amendments How dealt with in Commons How dealt with in Lords Outcome
Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning UNCRC as strategic framework for Children's Plans Moved by Chair, part of broader group. No other Member mentioned the amendment. Minister argued against it. L Morris spoke to JCHR amendment as part of a larger group. Other Members supported it. Minister put on record a commitment to refer to the convention in statutory guidance. Government policy unchanged - JCHR again critical in Children's Rights Report.
Borders, Citizenship and Immigration 1. Access to High Court for appeals in judicial review of immigration and nationality matters

2. Compatibility with Refugee Convention

JCHR amendments not tabled. 1. JCHR amendments moved by L Lester and debated with other amendments. Minister rejected arguments.

2. JCHR amendments not tabled.

1. Bill amended to reflect concerns raised.


2. Bill unchanged.

Coroners and Justice 1. Certified or secret inquests


2.Information Sharing Orders

3. Powers of Information Commissioner

4. Coroners reform






5. Witness anonymity orders

6. Public order offences

1. JCHR amendments debated with other amendments.


2. JCHR amendment debated with other amendments.

3. JCHR amendment debated in same group as amendment on Information Sharing Orders.

4. Amendments not reached due to programme order.





5. 20 minute debate, only JCHR contribution was an intervention by Dr Harris,

6. Not tabled.

1. JCHR amendments not tabled because proposals withdrawn.


2. JCHR amendments not tabled because proposals withdrawn.

3. JCHR amendments moved by L Dubs and withdrawn after debate.

4. JCHR amendments moved by L Dubs and withdrawn after debate. On juries, the Lib Dem front bench tabled some of the JCHR amendments. L Dubs supported them in debate. Minister promised to take away and reconsider.

5. JCHR amendments not tabled.


6. JCHR amendments not tabled

1. Government withdrew secret inquest proposal in favour of use of Inquiries Act.

2. Government withdrew proposal.

3. Government concession met some of Committee's concerns.

4. Government amended Bill in Lords to reflect JCHR comments on juries in coroners' inquests.



5. Government position unchanged.

6. Raised in context of Policing and Protest report, under consideration by Government.

Health1. Direct payments: scope of HRA


2. Adult social care: complaints

3. Healthcare for refused asylum seekers

JCHR amendments not tabled. 1. JCHR amendment moved by L Dubs. Minister argued there was no need for the amendment. Withdrawn.

2. JCHR amendments not tabled.

3. JCHR amendment moved by B Stern and supported by others in debate. Minister stated issue was being examined in a review of migrants' access to free NHS services and any changes would be made by secondary legislation. Withdrawn.

Government position unchanged on these three issues.
Marine and Coastal Access Right of appeal to an independent body. JCHR amendment superseded by Government concession by the time the Bill reached the Commons. JCHR report supported an existing amendment that had already been tabled by another Member of the House. Government amendment met JCHR concern.
Parliamentary Standards 1. Procedural requirements of fairness

2. Independent right of appeal

1. JCHR amendments debated as part of wider group in Committee.

2. JCHR amendments not reached because of programme order. Issue raised during another debate in Committee

1. Specific JCHR amendments not tabled but L Lester contributed to debate on related amendments.

2. JCHR amendments moved by Lord Lester. Supported by others in debate. Minister committed to think further before Report. Withdrawn.

1. Bill amended to reflect some JCHR concerns.

2. Government did not accept JCHR arguments.

Policing and Crime 1. Human rights framework for inspectorate of constabulary

2. Appointment of senior police officers

3. Strict liability offence of paying for services of a prostitute




4. Rehabilitation orders

5. Premises closure orders



6. Children involved in prostitution

7. Directions to individual to leave a locality

8. Extradition

9. Biometric data




10. Protest around Parliament


11. Gangs injunctions

1. Not selected.



2. Not selected.

3. Several JCHR amendments not selected because they were superseded by Government amendments. Strict liability offence dealt with in amendment tabled by Dr Harris which was negatived on division after lengthy debate.

4. Not selected.

5. Not selected




6. Amendment tabled by Dr Harris grouped for debate with strict liability offence issues, negatived on division.

7. Not selected


8. JCHR amendments selected but not reached because of programme order.

9. JCHR amendments part of wider group, but debate lasted only 45 minutes under programme order and only JCHR contribution was an intervention by Dr Harris.

10. Not selected



11. JCHR amendments led group. Only 29 minutes debate under programme order. Minister did not address JCHR amendments.

1. JCHR amendments not tabled.



2. JCHR amendments not tabled.

3. E Onslow spoke to JCHR points during debate on wide range of amendments.





4. JCHR amendments not tabled.

5. Lib Dem front bench tabled JCHR amendments. B Stern contributed to debate citing JCHR report for support. Minister argued amendments were unnecessary.

6. JCHR amendments not tabled.


7. JCHR amendments not tabled.


8. JCHR amendments moved by E Onslow. Minister resisted JCHR arguments.

9. JCHR amendments not tabled because clauses had been withdrawn.



10. JCHR amendments not tabled.



11. JCHR amendments tabled by E Onslow. Supported by others in debate. Minister rejected JCHR arguments.

1. No change in Government position


2. No change in Government position.

3. Some JCHR concerns on the strict liability offence dealt with in Government amendments in Commons.



4. No change in Government position.

5. No change in Government position.



6. No change in Government position, again criticised in Children's Rights Report.

7. No change in Government position.

8. No change in Government position.

9. Government withdrew clauses. Issue still under active consideration.


10. Government has broadly accepted JCHR position, in Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill.

11. Definition of gang related violence narrowed although not sufficiently to meet JCHR concerns. Otherwise no change.

Political Parties and Elections Electoral Commission's investigatory powers. Amendment tabled but withdrawn after Government amendments on same issue were tabled. JCHR amendments not tabled because Government had already changed position by the time the Bill reached the Lords. Government amended Bill in line with Committee recommendation.
Welfare Reform1. Conditionality of benefits: drug and alcohol dependency


2. Individual budgets, contracting out etc: scope of HRA

Committee reported after Bill had left the Commons. 1. JCHR amendments not tabled, but similar issues raised in other amendments.



2. JCHR amendments not tabled.

1. Government amendments at third reading in the Lords took account of some JCHR concerns.

2. Government position unchanged.



 
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