Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights (Seventeenth Report): Bringing Human Rights Back In - Human Rights Joint Committee Contents


Formal Minutes


Tuesday 9 March 2010

Members present:

Mr Andrew Dismore MP, in the Chair
Lord Bowness

Lord Dubs

Baroness Falkner of Margravine

Lord Morris of Handsworth

The Earl of Onslow

Dr Evan Harris MP

Mr Virendra Sharma MP

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Draft Report (Counter-Terrorism Policy and Human Rights (Seventeenth Report): Bringing Human Rights Back In), proposed by the Chairman, brought up and read.

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

Paragraphs 1 to 36 read and agreed to.

A paragraph—(Dr Evan Harris MP)—brought up and read, as follows:

"The continued failure of the Government to answer these questions, or to publish the guidance to the Intelligence Services on the detention and interrogation of suspects overseas, leads us to believe that the Government is seeking to hide activity and policies - past and/or present - which amount to or may amount to complicity in torture."

Question put, That the paragraph be read a second time.

The Committee divided
Content, 1

Dr Evan Harris MP

Not Content, 4

Lord Bowness

Mr Andrew Dismore MP

Lord Dubs

Lord Morris of Handsworth

Paragraphs 37 to 41 agreed to.

Another paragraph—(Dr Evan Harris MP)—brought up and read, as follows:

"We conclude that while the Government holds this view, it has explicitly failed to establish that it is not, or its agencies are not, complicit in torture."

Question put, That the paragraph be read a second time.

The Committee divided

Content, 1

Dr Evan Harris MP

Not Content, 5

Lord Bowness

Mr Andrew Dismore MP

Lord Dubs

Lord Morris of Handsworth

The Earl of Onslow

Paragraphs 42 to 47 agreed to.

Another paragraph—(Dr Evan Harris MP)—brought up and read, as follows:

"In the absence of even a semblance of a convincing justification for keeping the guidance secret, we have no alternative but to conclude that the guidance provides evidence and perhaps proof that the Government, and/or its agencies, were complicit in torture. If the Government denies this, it should publish the guidance, or provide a convincing justification for not publishing it."

Question put, That the paragraph be read a second time.

The Committee divided

Content, 2

Dr Evan Harris MP

The Earl of Onslow

Not Content, 4

Lord Bowness

Mr Andrew Dismore MP

Lord Dubs

Lord Morris of Handsworth

Paragraphs 48 to 87 agreed to.

Paragraph 88.

Amendment proposed, in line 3, after "determine" to insert ", taking into account in each case the issue of public safety that the Government cites as a basis for its blanket policy of denying bail in terrorism cases".—(Dr Evan Harris MP.)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided

Content, 1

Dr Evan Harris MP

Not Content, 5

Lord Bowness

Mr Andrew Dismore MP

Lord Dubs

Lord Morris of Handsworth

The Earl of Onslow

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 89 to 122 agreed to.

Summary agreed to.

Resolved, That the Report be the Sixteenth Report of the Committee to each House.

Ordered, That the Chairman make the Report to the House of Commons and that Lord Dubs make the Report to the House of Lords.

Written evidence reported and ordered to be published on 12 January was ordered to be reported to the House for printing with the Report

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[The Committee adjourned.


 
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