The Joint Committee on Human Rights examined the implementation of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the UK. Domestic legislation protects many of the economic, social and cultural rights, with the Covenant itself having little impact in UK domestic law. The Committee believes that there is scope for incorporating further protection of rights in the UK, by enshrining some of the guarantees contained in the Covenant. Further, that for the Covenant rights to be effective, they should be part of a framework for government policy development, and that Government along with the Commission for Equality and Human Rights should develop ways of measuring the progress of these rights. The Committee also recommends, that explanatory notes to Bills, should include discussion of the Bills compatibility with Covenant rights, which is a way of enhancing the scrutiny of proposed Government legislation. Furthermore, the Committee recommends the introduction of an Equality Bill, to address the concerns of discrimination faced by ethnic minorities and persons with disabilities in employment, housing and education.It recommended that minimum wage protection should be extended to workers under I8 years of age and that the ... the government introduced a minimum wage rate for 16 and 17 year olds, of Ap3.00 per hour, from I October 2004.183 The Low anbsp;...
|Title||:||International Covenant on Economic,Social and Cultural Rights,Twenty-First Report of Session 2003-04,Report,Together with Formal Minutes,Minutes of Evidence and Appendices|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: Joint Committee on Human Rights|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2004|