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Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (24 Nov 2004)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to enable a competent adult who is suffering unbearably as a result of a terminal illness to receive medical assistance to die at his own considered and persistent request; and to make provision for a person suffering from a terminal illness to receive pain relief medication. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now...

Charitable Giving (26 May 2004)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, as a relative newcomer to your Lordships' House, I constantly admire the quality of its debates and the experience and wisdom of so many noble Lords, as has been so well illustrated by this debate. I thank all noble Lords who have spoken tonight. No one could fail to be moved by the appalling story about which the noble Lord, Lord Puttnam, spoke. I am especially grateful to the...

Charitable Giving (26 May 2004)

Lord Joffe: rose to call attention to the 25 per cent fall since 1992 in charitable giving as a percentage of gross domestic product; and to move for Papers. My Lords, there is a widespread illusion that the British give generously to charity. Sadly, however, the statistics tell a very different story. It must be said that, for a number of complex reasons, the statistics for voluntary giving are far from...

Religious Offences (22 Apr 2004)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, the excellent Select Committee report on religious offences has analysed in depth and with clarity the issues in our law relating to religious offences. That analysis will greatly facilitate the preparation of any future legislation. The noble Lords who have already spoken have covered all the relevant issues. I wish briefly to touch on the issue of the timing of future legislation...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (10 Mar 2004)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I express my appreciation to all noble Lords, and in particular to my noble friends Lord Alton and Lady Finlay, for so readily co-operating in order to ensure that this Second Reading should not unnecessarily use up the valuable time of the House. A number of points have been made with which I profoundly disagree. However, in the spirit of the agreement to which I referred in my...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (10 Mar 2004)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I beg to move that this Bill be now read a second time. The Bill enables a competent adult, who is suffering unbearably as a result of a terminal illness, to receive medical help to die, at his own considered and persistent request. The purpose of the Bill is to provide an option for terminal patients who are suffering unbearably to bring an end to their suffering at a time of their...

Liaison: Select Committee Report (14 Jan 2004)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, as the introducer of the Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill, I naturally welcome and support the Liaison Committee's report. I particularly support the recommendation in Clause 2 for the appointment of an ad hoc Select Committee on the Patient (Assisted Dying) Bill, which should begin its work after the Easter Recess. I am grateful to the Liaison Committee for that recommendation, and...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill [HL] (8 Jan 2004)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I beg to introduce a Bill to enable a competent adult who is suffering unbearably as a result of a terminal illness to receive medical help to die at his own considered and persistent request, and to make provision for a person suffering from a terminal illness to receive pain relief medication. I beg to move that this Bill be now read a first time. Moved, That the Bill be now read...

International Development Funding (10 Nov 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, some middle-income countries, such as South Africa, are being ravaged by HIV/AIDS. Their needs are perhaps even greater than those of Iraq, especially bearing in mind that they are not in receipt of the massive reconstruction budget presently offered by the USA to Iraq. Will the Leader of the House outline the key criteria applied by DfID in reallocating funds from middle-income...

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (4 Jul 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I support the intention of the amendment, but, like the Minister, I am concerned about the wording. Perhaps I may take the opportunity to explain to the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, that I do not seek to ensure that patients get "done in". I seek to assist patients who wish to die to do so with dignity. I refer the noble Baroness to the judgment of the noble and learned Lord, Lord...

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (4 Jul 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, before I express some concerns about the amendment, perhaps I may seek clarification from the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, on a single word. Is the word "dying", which appears before the word "patient" at the end of proposed new subsection (3), intended to include patients in a persistent vegetative state, such as Anthony Bland? If the answer is that it does include such patients, I...

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (4 Jul 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, perhaps I may then turn to a point which is extremely serious. On my understanding of the case, the courts have dealt specifically with the question of withholding sustenance and they touched upon it in very clear terms in the Bland case. In that case, the noble and learned Lord, Lord Hoffmann, stated on page 832 of his judgment that, "the medical evidence"— it is clear that he...

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (4 Jul 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I asked whether I could first ask the noble Baroness a question. Is the Minister saying that I am excluded from continuing with my speech?

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (4 Jul 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I have read the words of the Bland judgment to the House. It is clear that it talks specifically to exceptions to the rule and that in exceptional cases it is acceptable to deny patients who are suffering, provided that does not cause them unnecessary pain and suffering. I move on to a point raised in Committee. The noble Baroness, Lady Knight, said that neither the BMA nor any...

Fireworks Bill (4 Jul 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, in supporting the Bill so ably and eloquently introduced by the noble Baroness, Lady Ramsay, I must declare a rather personal interest. My wife's birthday falls on 5th November. Instead of celebrating, she, her nervous cats and petrified dog tend to cower away together in the most sound-proof room of our house as fireworks explode in our village and a number of rockets end up on our...

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (25 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: I accept the correction about what the court said, but I have a simple question to ask the noble Baroness, Lady Knight. Does she believe that the recommendation in the Bland case was incorrect? Does she believe that the permission to deprive Anthony Bland of sustenance, which was given by the court, was wrong?

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (25 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: I support the amendment of my noble friend Lady Finlay, although I believe that some of the wording might need reconsideration. I am reassured by the intention of the noble Baroness, Lady Knight, to ensure that the Bill does not prevent competent patients from refusing sustenance. If I understood her correctly, it is her intention to introduce an amendment which she feels is preferable to the...

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (25 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: Why then does the noble Baroness think that lawyers will take the cases under her legislation?

Patients' Protection Bill [HL] (25 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: I do not want to pursue the point further other than to say that a report could be made to the police at the moment, and the police should take action. There would be a clear breach of current law. Perhaps we should leave the debate at that at this point. In relation to the question of incompetent patients, the existing guidelines are fair, wise and compassionate. Again, I question why we...

Countryside (11 Jun 2003)

Lord Joffe: My Lords, I, too, express my appreciation to my noble friend Lord Palmer on his impressive and knowledgeable introduction to this important debate. I am fortunate to live just one mile away from the Ridgeway national trail. I wish to draw the attention of the House to recent and disturbing developments on this ancient path. The noble Lord, Lord Bradshaw, has already touched on the protection...


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