Priority bills for Joint Committee on Human Rights announced
12 March 2020
The Joint Committee on Human Rights is calling for evidence on a number of forthcoming Bills.
Whilst the Committee will undertake some scrutiny of all public Government Bills, it will focus its scrutiny on those Bills which are likely to engage significant human rights issues.
The Committee has selected seven priority Bills and proposed legislation for this parliamentary session. The Committee considers that the following legislation set out in the Government's Legislative Programme for 2019–21 are likely to raise significant human rights issues:
- Immigration and Social Security Coordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
- Counter Terrorism (Sentencing and Release) Bill
- Sentencing Bill
- Serious Violence Bill
- Espionage legislation
- Foreign national offenders legislation
- Mental Health Act reform.
The Committee considers that human rights issues may also arise in relation to the following Bills:
- Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill
- Private International Law (Implementation of Agreements) Bill
- Health Service Safety Investigations Bill
- Renters' Reform Bill
- Building Safety Bill
- Fire Safety Bill
- Police Powers and Protections Bill
- Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill
- Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill
- Domestic Abuse Bill
- Environment Bill
- Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill
Submissions of no more than 1,500 words are invited from interested groups and individuals on:
- Any significant human rights issues raised or likely to be raised by each of the Bills identified above
- Whether the Bills could do more to enhance the protection of human rights.
Short submissions drawing the Committee's attention to human rights issues raised by any other Bills in the Government's legislative programme are also welcome on a rolling basis.
Written submission deadlines
Deadlines for written submissions on the Bills will be publicised soon after the introduction of each Bill.
For those Bills already introduced to Parliament, the deadlines for written submissions are as follows:
- Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill: This started in the Lords on 4 February and will progress to Committee stage on 5 March. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020.
- Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill: This had Second Reading in the Commons on 10 February. Committee dates tba. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020.
- Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill: This started in the Lords on 5 February and went to Committee on 3 March. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020.
- Prisoners (Disclosure of Information About Victims) Bill: This had its Second Reading in the Commons on 11 February, Committee dates tba. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020.
- Environment Bill: This started in the Commons and had its Second Reading on 26 February. Deadline for submissions is 31 March 2020.