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PREVENTION OF EUTHANASIA BY OMISSION

EDM (Early Day Motion) 693: tabled on 08 May 2000

Tabled in the 1999-00 session.

This motion has been signed by 70 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House notes admissions by leading members of the euthanasia lobby such as Professor Sheila McLean that the withdrawal of treatment, including food and fluid, to end the lives of PVS patients and others who are not dying endorses 'a form of non-voluntary euthanasia'; regrets that the Department of Health has done nothing to halt such practices; observes wide scale newspaper reports that the denial of resuscitation and of assisted food and fluid to elderly and some sick patients is spreading alarmingly; notes that this attitude reflects aspects of the BMA guidelines on Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Medical Treatment which advocate extending the withdrawal of treatment, including tube feeding to a wide range of patients who are not in PVS; notes that the Deputy Minister for Community Care in Scotland has stated that doctors who follow the BMA Guidelines would be open to a criminal prosecution; regrets the failure, nonetheless, of the Department of Health to make if clear that the BMA Guidelines are not legal guidelines; notes that the Department must therefore accept responsibility for the treatment of elderly patients in some sectors of the NHS; further notes that throughout the debates on the Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill the Department of Health also supported misinformed attacks by the BMA to obstruct the Bill; and invites the Government to reconsider its position and honour its stated opposition to euthanasia and to ensure the Bill is given adequate time to complete all stages.

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.

Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2000
Leeds North West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 2000
Canterbury
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 June 2000
South East Cornwall
Brinton, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2000
Peterborough
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 May 2000
Twickenham
Casale, Roger
Labour
Signed on 26 July 2000
Wimbledon
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 16 May 2000
Chipping Barnet
Clark, Dr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2000
Rayleigh
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2000
Islington North
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 May 2000
Weston-Super-Mare
Cox, Tom
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2000
Tooting
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2000
Easington
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2000
Leigh
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 12 June 2000
Coventry South
Curtis-Thomas, Mrs Claire
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2000
Crosby
Davies, Denzil
Labour
Signed on 22 May 2000
Llanelli
Davis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2000
Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Dawson, Mr Hilton
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2000
Lancaster and Wyre
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2000
Heywood and Middleton
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2000
Stroud
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2000
Monmouth
Fallon, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2000
Sevenoaks
Fearn, Mr Ronnie
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 May 2000
Southport
Galloway, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 17 May 2000
Glasgow, Kelvin
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 19 May 2000
North Wiltshire
Grieve, Mr Dominic
Conservative
Signed on 17 May 2000
Beaconsfield
Hayes, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 23 May 2000
South Holland and The Deepings
Horam, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 16 May 2000
Orpington
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2000
Chorley
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2000
Bolton South East
Johnson Smith, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 2000
Wealden
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2000
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Lawrence, Mrs Jackie
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2000
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Leigh, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 24 May 2000
Gainsborough
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2000
New Forest East
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2000
Worsley
Malins, Mr Humfrey
Conservative
Signed on 23 October 2000
Woking
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 11 May 2000
Blackpool South
McCartney, Mr Robert
United Kingdom Unionist
Signed on 23 May 2000
North Down
McGrady, Mr Eddie
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 25 May 2000
South Down
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2000
Kingston upon Hull North
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2000
Leeds East
Murphy, Mr Denis
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2000
Wansbeck
Pollard, Mr Kerry
Labour
Signed on 8 May 2000
St Albans
Prior, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 12 May 2000
North Norfolk
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2000
Portsmouth North
Robertson, Mr Laurence
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2000
Tewkesbury
Roe, Mrs Marion
Conservative
Signed on 8 May 2000
Broxbourne
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 22 May 2000
Glasgow, Govan
Shepherd, Mr Richard
Conservative
Signed on 21 June 2000
Aldridge-Brownhills
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 12 May 2000
Bradford West
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 9 May 2000
Belfast South
Stunell, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 May 2000
Hazel Grove
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2000
New Forest West
Taylor, Ms Dari
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2000
Stockton South
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2000
North West Leicestershire
Taylor, Mr John D.
Conservative
Signed on 11 May 2000
Solihull
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Conservative
Signed on 23 October 2000
Rochford and Southend East
Thomas, Gareth
Labour
Signed on 29 June 2000
Clwyd West
Trend, Mr Michael
Conservative
Signed on 8 May 2000
Windsor
Tynan, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 23 October 2000
Hamilton South
Wardle, Mr Charles
Conservative
Signed on 8 June 2000
Bexhill and Battle
Wilkinson, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 15 May 2000
Ruislip - Northwood
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 9 May 2000
Macclesfield

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.