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Human Rights Bill: Appellate Committee

Volume 592: debated on Thursday 30 July 1998

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asked Her Majesty's Government:Who will determine the composition of any Appellate Committee of the House of Lords to decide each particular appeal under the Human Rights Bill. [HL2886]

Responsibility for determining the composition of the House of Lords in its judicial capacity, and of Appellate and Appeal Committees, lies with the Lord Chancellor. However, for many years it has been the policy of successive Lord Chancellors in practice to delegate this responsibility to the senior Lord of Appeal in Ordinary. Thus it will be for him to determine which Lords of Appeal sit in the House of Lords to hear cases under the Human Rights Bill.