New Clause 2 — Excluded decisions (No. 2)

Orders of the Day — Mental Capacity Bill – in the House of Commons at 3:45 pm on 14th December 2004.

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'(1) Nothing in this Act authorises the withdrawal of palliative care.

(2) "palliative care" includes the provision of—

(a) relief of pain, suffering and discomfort;

(b) nutrition and hydration, however provided.

(3) The provisions of subsection (1) do not apply to—

(a) a decision that nutrition and hydration is to be discontinued because it would be unreasonably burdensome to the person; or

(b) the power of the court to make such order concerning the continuance of life sustaining treatment as it considers to be in the best interests of a person whom it has determined to be irreversibly unconscious.'.—[Ann Winterton.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Question put, That the clause be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 198, Noes 296.

Division number 12 Orders of the Day — Mental Capacity Bill — New Clause 2 — Excluded decisions (No. 2)

Aye: 198 MPs

No: 296 MPs

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Question accordingly negatived.