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Dominic Raab questioned on Government human rights priorities

7 December 2021

The Joint Committee on Human Rights puts questions to Lord Chancellor, Secretary of State for Justice and Deputy Prime Minister, Dominic Raab MP on Wednesday 8 December in an evidence session examining the Government’s priorities for human rights. 

Background

The Lord Chancellor has previously been severely critical of the Human Rights Act and the impact it has had on British justice. He has argued that it has created an “elastic interpretation of rights”, notably the right to family life which he considers to have been used too readily to prevent the deportation of people convicted of a crime. In October 2021, at the Conservative Party Conference, he committed to “overhaul the Human Rights Act”. 

Purpose of the session

In light of these comments, the Committee will examine the Lord Chancellor’s priorities for human rights, and how they relate to the Government’s wider legislative and policy agenda. 

The Joint Committee recently published a report on the Nationality and Borders Bill, finding that Government plans to prevent migrant crossings would breach human rights law in their current form. It will question the Lord Chancellor on his response to these findings and other reports published by the Committee.  

Witnesses

Wednesday 8 December

From 3pm:

  • Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice and Deputy Prime Minister

Further information

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