Human Rights Act Review

Justice – in the House of Commons on 14th September 2021.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

What progress has been made on the independent Human Rights Act review.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

The Government have established the independent Human Rights Act review to examine the framework of that Act, how it is operating in practice and whether any change is required. The review is considering the approach taken by our domestic courts to the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights, and it will also examine whether the HRA currently strikes the correct balance between the roles of the courts, the Government and Parliament. It will report back later this year.

Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for that answer and welcome this review, as I think we all do on our side of the Chamber. However, will he commit to an open consultation on any proposed reforms resulting from the independent review of the Human Rights Act?

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice

I am happy to commit to that open consultation once we have published the findings of the review.