Results 1–20 of 26 for assisted suicide speaker:Lord Alton of Liverpool

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Suicide: Euthanasia (28 Sep 2020)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of (1) the study Does Euthanasia Have a Dampening Effect on Suicide Rates? Recent Experiences from the Netherlands, published in the Journal of Ethics in Mental Health on 28 December 2017, (2) the study How does legalization of physician-assisted suicide affect rates of suicide?, published in the Southern Medical Journal in...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Suicide (16 Sep 2020)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty's Government what discussions they have had with media regulators, including Ofcom and IPSO, on the reporting of suicide; what assessment they have made of the impact of reporting relating to assisted suicide; and what plans they have to review their guidance to ensure that public broadcasters include details of the Samaritans or other support services when reporting on...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Palliative Care and Suicide (16 Sep 2020)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...what plans they have to mandate the inclusion of details of mental health charities, NHS support and groups such as the Samaritans to be published whenever newspapers or broadcasters report (1) on suicide, (2) on assisted suicide, and (3) on palliative care.

Assisted Dying - Question for Short Debate (6 Mar 2017)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: My Lords, the noble Baroness’s Question asks whether legislation in North America on what is called “assisted dying” forms an appropriate basis for such legislation here. I will answer that question in just one word: no. Quite apart from any issues of principle, just look at what is now happening in Oregon. When Oregon’s assisted suicide law was enacted, it was to allow people with...

Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill [HL] - Second Reading (21 Oct 2016)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...for his courage, his compassion and his integrity. I hope noble Lords will forgive me for saying so, but I cannot help thinking that if the noble Lord’s Bill had set out to facilitate the assisted suicide of disabled people, it would have been on every national news bulletin. But because it seeks to end the taking of the life of a viable disabled baby, it is being treated very...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (2nd Day) (16 Jan 2015)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...the Bishop of Chester has just said. I understand that the House will want to move to a conclusion but I was very struck by the remarks made a few moments ago by the noble Lord, Lord Dobbs, about suicide. I would like to return to that point in a moment. However, I support my noble friend Lady O’Neill for three reasons: the first is because of language, the second because of law and the...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...I think that the Committee is growing weary. This is an important question, as are many of those that have been laid before the Committee today. It deals with the title of the clause, which is “Assisted dying”. I would argue that that is incorrect; it is assisted suicide. Those who support the noble and learned Lord’s Bill are at pains to tell us that assisted dying is not...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Committee (1st Day) (7 Nov 2014)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...and states: “That this House notes the results of the Washington State Death With Dignity Act Report 2013, published on 10 June 2014, which concludes that the number of deaths through physician-assisted suicide has tripled since the first year of implementation and increased by 43% between 2012 and 2013; expresses grave concern that 61% of those who received lethal drugs in Washington...

Assisted Dying Bill [HL]: Second Reading (18 Jul 2014)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...was not laid first before the elected House. After all, it is not as if we have not given this issue any previous consideration. When the House last asked the question, “Is it possible to allow assisted suicide for a determined few, without putting much larger numbers of others at risk?”, it concluded that it is not. It did so after exhaustive deliberation. The Select Committee, which...

Health: End of Life — Motion to Take Note (12 Dec 2013)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...medicine, which is now established world wide. Like the late Lady Ryder of Warsaw, Sue Ryder, whose charity the noble Lord, Lord Dubs, referred to earlier, Dame Cicely was resolutely opposed to assisted suicide and euthanasia. She once said: “You matter because you are you, and you matter to the end of your life. We will do all we can not only to help you die peacefully, but also to live...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Assisted Dying (7 Jul 2011)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in their policy on assisted dying, they will take into account Motion 305, passed by the British Medical Association in June, concerning the association's opposition to assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Assisted Dying (5 Jul 2010)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their stance on (a) assisted suicide, and (b) voluntary euthanasia.

Coroners and Justice Bill: Committee (5th Day) (7 Jul 2009)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...suspect that the feeling of the Committee is that we should now move quickly to a decision. The noble Lord, Lord Joffe, was right to remind us that we had a full Select Committee inquiry looking at assisted dying. In fact, there were 246 Hansard columns and two volumes of 744 pages and 116 pages respectively, 15 oral sessions, 48 groups or individuals giving evidence, with 88 giving...

Coroners and Justice Bill: Second Reading (18 May 2009)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: .... In addressing end-of-life issues, this question of public protection must surely be our paramount concern. It is why the Government have rightly resisted any attempts to use the Bill to make assistance with suicide or the killing of patients legal. In any event, during the life of this Parliament in your Lordships' House we have had the benefit of a Select Committee and several Private...

Palliative Care Bill [HL] (23 Feb 2007)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...we have heard have explained why. The UK leads the world in palliative care, but its universal application is compromised because this crucial service remains underfunded. The Bill is not about assisted dying or euthanasia, which rightly remain entirely outside the scope of this measure. However, as the noble Lord, Lord Colwyn, argued earlier, it provides us with a radical alternative to...

Palliative Care Bill [HL] (23 Feb 2007)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: My Lords, the noble Lord, who was a supporter of the Bill of my noble friend Lord Joffe in favour of assisted suicide, and who has represented the Voluntary Euthanasia Society on occasion in the courts, has expressed his views on other occasions. Members of your Lordships' House may measure them against what he has said today. We have no right to tell a physician that they must judge a...

Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill: Select Committee Report (10 Oct 2005)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: My Lords, when we last debated the issue of euthanasia and assisted suicide I set out my own reasons for opposing such a change in the law, but I supported the reference of these complex questions to a Select Committee. Along with others in your Lordships' House today I should like to pay tribute to the Select Committee for the honourable and diligent way in which it has discharged its...

Mental Capacity Bill (24 Mar 2005)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...amendments brought forward throughout the various stages of the Bill. I return now to the question of advance directives and whether or not they are covered by the scope of the Bill; and whether a suicidally-motivated advance directive should be given force in the Bill to bring about a person's death. Amendment No. 9 relates to the declaratory provision, which was Clause 58 but is now...

Mental Capacity Bill (17 Mar 2005)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ..., Mr Jim Dobbin, earlier this month. The Archbishop wrote: "Professor Finnis and I believe that a further amendment is still needed to ensure that the Bill confers no authority on expressly suicidal advance decisions. We therefore strongly support efforts of Members of both Houses who are seeking to introduce an amendment to exclude decisions from being given validity or authority by a...

Mental Capacity Bill (27 Jan 2005)

Lord Alton of Liverpool: ...about protection, a point to which I shall return later. It is important that we are clear about an issue raised by the noble Lord, Lord Carter, in our proceedings on Tuesday about Part II of the Suicide Act 1961, and how that would affect a doctor in the circumstances described earlier. We should also reflect on what the noble and right reverend Lord, Lord Habgood, said to us on Tuesday....

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