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Human Rights

Volume 712: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 22 June (WA 255), why they propose that England will not have particular human rights provided for it but that Northern Ireland will. [HL4671]

On the 23 March 2009 the Government published a Green Paper, Rights and Responsibilities: Developing our Constitutional Framework which commences a debate about whether all parts of the United Kingdom, including England, would benefit from a UK Bill of Rights and Responsibilities containing rights additional to those in the European Convention.

The Government are separately committed to publishing a consultation paper on a potential Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The question of whether there is a need for additional rights to reflect the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland will be explored during that consultation.