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This Order brings section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 (“the Act”) into force on 24th November 1998.
Section 19 provides that the Minister in charge of a Bill in either House of Parliament must, before Second Reading, make and publish a written statement to the effect either that in his view the provisions of the Bill are compatible with “the Convention rights” (defined in section 1 of the Act), or that although he is unable to make such a statement, the government nevertheless wishes the House to proceed with the Bill.