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Assisted Dying (No. 2) Bill

Part of Prayers – in the House of Commons at 10:50 am on 11th September 2015.

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Photo of Keir Starmer Keir Starmer Labour, Holborn and St Pancras 10:50 am, 11th September 2015

Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will finish as quickly as I can. I understand the frustration of Members who are waiting to speak.

It took me a great deal of time and thought to arrive at appropriate safeguards in the guidelines. In my view the same amount of time and appropriate thought is necessary for the guidelines in the Bill. They have been discussed by others, so I will not repeat them, but what I will say is that I will be open to debate with anyone whether the safeguards are strong and robust enough, and I will work at Committee stage with anyone in this House to make sure not only that they are as strong and robust as possible, but that they have the best consensus possible among the different views held in this House.