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.
House of Commons
House of Lords
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 current staff of the Committee are Claire Coast-Smith (Lords Committee Assistant), Miguel Boo Fraga (Senior Committee Assistant), Samantha Granger (Deputy Counsel), Shabana Gulma (Specialist Assistant), Katherine Hill (Committee Specialist), Eleanor Hourigan (Counsel), Lucinda Maer (Commons Clerk), Alexandra McMillan (Lords Clerk) and Jessica Bridges Palmer (Media Officer). For this report they were assisted by Abdulbasit Abdulrahim (on secondment from the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford).
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 enquiries is 020 7219 2467; the Committee’s email address is
Published: 3 November 2019