Sunday, Aug 10, 2008
The government should adopt a Bill of Rights for the UK, a cross-party committee of MPs and peers has urged.
The Joint Committee on Human Rights said the bill should go further than current human rights legislation.
The bill should give greater protection to groups such as children, the elderly and those with learning difficulties, it said in a report.
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Labour and the Conservatives agree on the need for a new Bill of Rights, but differ on what areas it should cover.
The committee said the bill should include rights to housing, education and a healthy environment.
Its report referred to a survey conducted in 2006 when more than three-quarters of the people polled agreed that “Britain needs a Bill of Rights to protect the liberty of the individual”.
The report said the new Bill should include all the rights spelt out in the Human Rights Act and then enshrine others in law.