HL Deb 10 December 1998 vol 595 c116WA
Lord Lester of Herne Hill

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will publish in the explanatory notes accompanying government Bills their reasons for concluding that Bills are compatible or incompatible with convention rights within the meaning of Section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998. [HL158]

Lord Williams of Mostyn

We have no plans to do so. As we explained during the passage of the Human Rights Bill, we believe that the best forum in which to raise issues concerning the compatibility of a Bill with the convention rights is the parliamentary proceedings on the Bill.

As to what will appear in the explanatory notes concerning Section 19 statements, I refer the noble Lord to the answer I gave on 25 November (columns WA 1 to WA 2).