Non-departmental Public Bodies: Human Rights

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26th June 2020.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether he plans to make an assessment of the merits of requiring (a) NHS England and (b) other non-departmental public bodies to publish discrete human rights policies.

Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Holding answer received on 16 June 2020

Public authorities, including non-departmental public bodies, are subject to the Human Rights Act 1998 and are required to comply with the Act when carrying out public functions, such as in their policies.

The Department has no current plans to require its non-departmental public bodies to publish separate human rights policies. Those bodies must already consider relevant legislation as part of their functions.

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