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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, 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.

Current membership

House of Commons

Harriet Harman QC MP (Labour, Camberwell and Peckham) (Chair)

Fiona Bruce MP (Conservative, Congleton)

Karen Buck MP (Labour, Westminster North)

Joanna Cherry QC MP (Scottish National Party, Edinburgh South West)

Pauline Latham MP (Conservative, Mid Derbyshire)

Dean Russell MP (Conservative, Watford)

House of Lords

Lord Brabazon of Tara (Conservative)

Lord Dubs (Labour)

Lord Henley (Conservative)

Baroness Ludford (Liberal Democrat)

Baroness Massey of Darwen (Labour)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon (Crossbench)


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.


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Committee reports are published on the Committee’s website by Order of the two Houses.

Committee staff

The current staff of the Committee are Miguel Boo Fraga (Committee Operations Manager), Chloe Cockett (Senior Specialist), Estelle Currie (Media Officer), Busayo Esan (Inquiry Manager), Liam Evans (Committee Specialist), Alexander Gask (Deputy Counsel), Eleanor Hourigan (Counsel), Lucinda Maer (Commons Clerk), Nicholas Taylor (Second Commons Clerk), George Webber (Lords Clerk) and Dan Weedon (Committee Operations Officer).


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

You can follow the Committee on Twitter using @HumanRightsCtte

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