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Human Rights

Volume 465: debated on Wednesday 24 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 8 October 2007, Official Report, column 188W, on Departments: publicity, (1) whether the public awareness campaign on human rights will include increasing awareness of the Human Rights Act 1998; (159881)

(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the plans for the public awareness campaign on human rights.

In his Review of the Implementation of the Human Rights Act published in July 2006, my predecessor, Lord Falconer, committed the Government to

“lead a drive to ensure that the public as well as the wider public sector are better informed about the benefits which the Human Rights Act. has given ordinary people, and to debunk many of the myths which have grown up around the Convention rights”.

A copy of the report is already in the Library. On 12 May 2007, he wrote to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights, reporting the activities undertaken by Ministers in connection with that campaign. I am placing a copy of that letter in the Library.