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Human Rights

Volume 704: debated on Thursday 30 October 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Who are their principal advisers on human rights; when they were appointed; what remit, if any, they were given; for how long they are appointed; whether they are remunerated; whether their advice is published; and, if so, in what form. [HL5600]

Officials in the Ministry of Justice, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other departments advise government Ministers on human rights issues. It is part of the statutory duties of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to advise the Government when requested on matters relating to human rights. The Government may also from time to time consult on an ad hoc basis interested parties or experts on specific topics; with the exception of counsel providing legal advice who are paid accordingly, these advisers are not remunerated, do not hold a formal position, and do not provide published advice. As part of his role as an independent and unpaid adviser on constitutional issues to the Secretary of State for Justice, Lord Lester has also advised on the work towards a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.