Law on Assisted Suicide

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:20 pm on 10th March 2010.

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Photo of Patricia Hewitt Patricia Hewitt Labour, Leicester West 7:20 pm, 10th March 2010

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for her thoughtful response to the debate, but I hope that she will accept that the current law provides no safeguards whatever in relation to the rather large number of deaths that Professor Seale found involved a criminal act, however compassionate the motive, on the part of the doctor or other medical practitioner. More broadly, does she accept that the case for Government neutrality that she is making might well apply to initiating a change in the law, but does not apply to establishing a royal commission, which I have suggested?