The sharp-eyed will have noticed that the Ministry of Justice’s Business Plan for 2011-2015, published yesterday, contains a commitment to establish a Commission on a UK Bill of Rights by December 2011.

Here at, we’ve previously posted about the future of the Human Rights Act under the Coalition Goverment, given David Cameron’s apparent hostility to the Act.The full Coalition Programme for Goverment from May 2010 explains:

“We will establish a Commission to investigate the creation of a British Bill of Rights that incorporates and builds on all our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, ensures that these rights continue to be enshrined in British law, and protects and extends British liberties. We will seek to promote a better understanding of the true scope of these obligations and liberties.”

The MoJ’s business plan notes that the department will “Establish a commission to investigate the creation of a UK Bill of Rights, working with Cabinet Office to agree its scope and timetable”.