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EUTHANASIA IN THE NETHERLANDS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 740: tabled on 07 March 1995

Tabled in the 1994-95 session.

This motion has been signed by 118 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House notes with interest that in March BBC 2 has arranged to broadcast the Dutch television programme 'Death on Request', which records a Dutch doctor administering a lethal injection to his terminally ill patient; is concerned that the BBC should accurately report the real situation in the Netherlands where in a substantial number of cases euthanasia is carried out without a request from the patients, where the hospice and specialist palliative care movement is very much less developed than in the United Kingdom with the result that patients may request euthanasia in the absence of effective specialist palliative care, and that as a result of the ruling of the Dutch Supreme Court, doctors in the Netherlands may practice euthanasia not only on the physically sick, but also the mentally ill and those who are simply depressed; and calls on the BBC to give a complete and balanced picture of the situation, including prime time for the discussion of the full experience of the slippery slope in the Netherlands and the work of the hospice movement.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Barnes, Mr Harry
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
North East Derbyshire
Beggs, Mr Roy
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 15 March 1995
East Antrim
Bendall, Mr Vivian
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Ilford North
Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Bootle
Boyson, Sir Rhodes
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 1995
Brent North
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Canterbury
Bruce, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
South Dorset
Bruce, Malcolm
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 1995
Gordon
Campbell-Savours, Mr Dale
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Workington
Canavan, Dennis
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Falkirk West
Carlile, Alex
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 1995
Montgomery
Cash, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Stafford
Churchill, Winston
Conservative
Signed on 20 March 1995
Davyhulme
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 14 March 1995
Barnsley West and Penistone
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Romsey and Waterside
Congdon, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Croydon North East
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Falkirk East
Corston, Jean
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Bristol East
Couchman, James
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Gillingham
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Tooting
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Leigh
Day, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 13 March 1995
Cheadle
Devlin, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Stockton South
Dover, Den
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Chorley
Duncan Smith, Mr Iain
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Chingford
Dunnachie, Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Glasgow, Pollok
Dunwoody, Mrs Gwyneth
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Crewe and Nantwich
Eastham, Ken
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Manchester, Blackley
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Mid Staffordshire
Fenner, Dame Peggy
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Medway
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Birkenhead
Galbraith, Mr Sam
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Strathkelvin and Bearsden
Gallie, Mr Phil
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Ayr
Gardiner, Sir George
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Reigate
Gill, Mr Christopher
Independent Conservative
Signed on 14 March 1995
Ludlow
Grant, Sir Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 9 March 1995
South West Cambridgeshire
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Ealing North
Griffiths, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Portsmouth North
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Bridgend
Grylls, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
North West Surrey
Hall, Mr Mike
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Warrington South
Hannam, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 1995
Exeter
Haselhurst, Sir Alan
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Saffron Walden
Hogg, Norman
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Cumbernauld and Kilsyth
Hoyle, Doug
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Warrington North
Hughes, Roy
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Newport East
Hume, Mr John
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 7 March 1995
Foyle
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Basingstoke
Janner, Greville
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Leicester West
Jessel, Toby
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 1995
Twickenham
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Wealden
Jones, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 13 March 1995
Alyn and Deeside
Jones, Mr Ieuan Wyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 8 March 1995
Ynys Môn
Knox, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Staffordshire Moorlands
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Gainsborough and Horncastle
Lester, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Broxtowe
Liddell, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Monklands East
Loyden, Eddie
Labour
Signed on 23 March 1995
Liverpool, Garston
Lynne, Liz
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 March 1995
Rochdale
MacDonald, Dr Calum
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Western Isles
MacShane, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Rotherham
Maginnis, Mr Ken
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 13 March 1995
Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Mallon, Mr Seamus
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 13 March 1995
Newry and Armagh
Marland, Paul
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
West Gloucestershire
Marshall, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Arundel
Martin, Mr Michael J.
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Glasgow, Springburn
McAvoy, Mr Thomas
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Glasgow, Rutherglen
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 7 March 1995
Mid Ulster
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 7 March 1995
South Down
Michie, Mrs Ray
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 March 1995
Argyll and Bute
Moate, Sir Roger
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 1995
Faversham
Molyneaux, Sir James
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 7 March 1995
Lagan Valley
Neubert, Sir Michael
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Romford
Nicholls, Mr Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Teignbridge
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Knowsley South
Oakes, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Halton
Olner, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Nuneaton
Parry, Robert
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Liverpool, Riverside
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Batley and Spen
Porter, Barry
Conservative
Signed on 16 March 1995
Wirral South
Porter, David
Conservative
Signed on 16 March 1995
Waveney
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Corby
Rathbone, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Lewes
Ross, Mr William
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 7 March 1995
East Londonderry
Rumbold, Dame Angela
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Mitcham and Morden
Shaw, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 1995
Dover
Shepherd, Sir Colin
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Hereford
Smith, Sir Dudley
Conservative
Signed on 8 March 1995
Warwick and Leamington
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 7 March 1995
South Belfast
Stott, Roger
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Wigan
Sutcliffe, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Bradford South
Sweeney, Walter
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Vale of Glamorgan
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Independent Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Southend East
Thompson, Jack
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Wansbeck
Thornton, Sir Malcolm
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Crosby
Townsend, Sir Cyril
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Bexleyheath
Tracey, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Surbiton
Trimble, Mr David
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 7 March 1995
Upper Bann
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 8 March 1995
Wolverhampton South East
Walker, Sir Cecil
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 7 March 1995
North Belfast
Wallace, Mr Jim
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 March 1995
Orkney and Shetland
Waller, Gary
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Keighley
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Liverpool, West Derby
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Eastbourne
Wilkinson, Mr John
Independent Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Ruislip - Northwood
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 7 March 1995
Macclesfield
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 7 March 1995
Glasgow, Provan

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

EUTHANASIA IN THE NETHERLANDS (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'House'to end and add 'welcomes the decision by BBC 2 to broadcast the Dutch TV programme Death on Request as a valuable addition to the important debate in the de-criminalisation of voluntary euthanasia in the United Kingdom; regrets the misrepresentation of the situation in the Netherlands by opponents of voluntary euthanasia as disingenuous and misleading; notes that the health care system in the Netherlands is far better funded than in the United Kingdom and consequently more responsive to the needs of patients in the final stages of their life; notes that in the Netherlands the doctor must discuss alternatives to euthanasia with the patient, that the doctor must consult another doctor for a second opinion about the diagnosis and prognosis, and that the doctor must be able to provide a written report containing all relevant medical details about the illness and death of the patient; understands that euthanasia and assisting a person to commit suicide remain a crminial offence in the Netherlands; notes that a doctor would be prosecuted if he/she did not follow the very strict procedures laid down in Dutch law; therefore confirms that it is never possible to carry out euthanasia in the Netherlands without a repeated specific request from the patient; and condemns the opponents of voluntary euthanasia for attempting to mislead public opinion by spreading inaccurate information.'.
Labour, Ealing, Southall
9
signatures
EDM 740A1: tabled on 14 March 1995