After section 48A

Part of Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 5:15 pm on 29th March 2000.

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Photo of Ben Wallace Ben Wallace Conservative 5:15 pm, 29th March 2000

Amendment 1 is clear in its intentions and backs up the Executive's statement that this bill is not about euthanasia.

Section 1, which relates to the general principles of the bill, talks about safeguards and the motives of a carer or practitioner who wishes to make an intervention on an incapable adult. The amendment highlights, or protects, the right motive.

However, section 1(4)(a) refers to

"the present and past wishes and feelings of the adult".

That could involve a living will. In my view, the amendment to section 48A reiterates the general principles and blocks back-door euthanasia or living wills.