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MENTAL INCAPACITY

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1183: tabled on 23 April 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 115 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 calls for statutory safeguards for people who do not have the mental capacity to make decisions as a result of disability or injury; welcomes the Government's commitment to reform in this area contained in the 1999 White Paper, Making Decisions, while regretting that it has failed to find time to introduce an actual Bill; notes that an Incapacity Act has already been passed in Scotland; further notes the comments of Lord Justice Brooke in the Court of Appeal on 22nd October 2001 that the courts have found it necessary to invent procedures and to revive principles of common law in an attempt to plug gaps until such time as Parliament enacts a new, widely embracing, statutory rights based scheme; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to introduce a Mental Incapacity Bill at the earliest possible opportunity.

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.

Beggs, Mr Roy
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 16 May 2002
East Antrim
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Kingswood
Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 26 April 2002
Leeds North West
Blackman, Liz
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2002
Erewash
Bottomley, Virginia
Conservative
Signed on 12 July 2002
South West Surrey
Bradley, Peter
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2002
The Wrekin
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2002
Carshalton and Wallington
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 April 2002
South East Cornwall
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 17 June 2002
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Dumfries
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 April 2002
Sutton and Cheam
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 May 2002
Twickenham
Calton, Mrs Patsy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 April 2002
Cheadle
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 10 June 2002
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Gower
Chapman, Sir Sydney
Conservative
Signed on 16 May 2002
Chipping Barnet
Chidgey, Mr David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 May 2002
Eastleigh
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2002
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Peterborough
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2002
Coatbridge and Chryston
Clwyd, Ann
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2002
Cynon Valley
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2002
Falkirk East
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2002
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Islington North
Cotter, Brian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 May 2002
Weston-Super-Mare
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2002
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 30 April 2002
Easington
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 7 May 2002
Coventry South
Davey, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 16 July 2002
Bristol West
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2002
Burton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 9 May 2002
Belfast North
Donohoe, Mr Brian H.
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2002
Cunninghame South
Dorrell, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 17 June 2002
Charnwood
Doughty, Sue
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 May 2002
Guildford
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Stroud
Edwards, Mr Huw
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2002
Monmouth
Efford, Clive
Labour
Signed on 30 April 2002
Eltham
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 7 May 2002
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 2 May 2002
Sunderland North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2002
Newport West
Follett, Barbara
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2002
Stevenage
Foster, Mr Don
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 September 2002
Bath
Garnier, Mr Edward
Conservative
Signed on 13 June 2002
Harborough
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2002
St Ives
Gibson, Dr Ian
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Norwich North
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 April 2002
Romsey
Green, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 May 2002
Ludlow
Griffiths, Jane
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2002
Reading East
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 16 May 2002
Bridgend
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 April 2002
Portsmouth South
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 24 April 2002
North Down
Hesford, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2002
Wirral West
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2002
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 4 July 2002
Luton North
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 June 2002
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2002
Hampstead and Highgate
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Jones, Mr Nigel
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 7 May 2002
Cheltenham
Khabra, Mr Piara S
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2002
Ealing, Southall
Kirkwood, Sir Archy
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 May 2002
Roxburgh and Berwickshire
Knight, Jim
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2002
South Dorset
Kumar, Dr Ashok
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2002
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
Lamb, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 12 June 2002
North Norfolk
Lawrence, Mrs Jackie
Labour
Signed on 9 May 2002
Preseli Pembrokeshire
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 1 May 2002
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 1 May 2002
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Halifax
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 21 May 2002
Wolverhampton South West
Marsden, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 April 2002
Shrewsbury and Atcham
Marshall, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2002
Leicester South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 2 July 2002
Hayes and Harlington
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2002
Kingston upon Hull North
McWalter, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2002
Hemel Hempstead
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 13 May 2002
Great Grimsby
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2002
Cardiff North
Naysmith, Dr Doug
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2002
Bristol North West
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 1 May 2002
Knowsley South
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 27 June 2002
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Portsmouth North
Robertson, John
Labour
Signed on 10 June 2002
Glasgow, Anniesland
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 23 July 2002
Vale of Clwyd
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 14 May 2002
Torbay
Sawford, Phil
Labour
Signed on 15 May 2002
Kettering
Shipley, Ms Debra
Labour
Signed on 23 May 2002
Stourbridge
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2002
Nottingham South
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 25 April 2002
Bolsover
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 20 May 2002
Vale of Glamorgan
Steinberg, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2002
City of Durham
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 13 June 2002
East Devon
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2002
North West Leicestershire
Thomas, Mr Simon
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 25 April 2002
Ceredigion
Todd, Mr Mark
Labour
Signed on 10 May 2002
South Derbyshire
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 May 2002
Richmond Park
Tredinnick, David
Conservative
Signed on 10 July 2002
Bosworth
Trickett, Jon
Labour
Signed on 1 May 2002
Hemsworth
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 30 April 2002
Pudsey
Tyler, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 April 2002
North Cornwall
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Finchley and Golders Green
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Liverpool, West Derby
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 10 May 2002
Upminster
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2002
Conwy
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 13 May 2002
Caernarfon
Worthington, Tony
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2002
Clydebank and Milngavie
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2002
Glasgow, Baillieston
Wright, Dr Tony
Labour
Signed on 14 May 2002
Cannock Chase

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

MENTAL INCAPACITY (Amendment 1)
leave out from 'area' to end and add: 'regrets however that the 1999 White Paper, Making Decisions on which the Government has suggested new legislation would be based, would allow the lives of patients to be purposely ended by the withdrawal of food and fluid; notes that this practice has been condemned repeatedly by the Chief Rabbi, by the British Muslim community, the Evangelical Alliance, the Catholic Church and many other sections of British society; further notes that those same groups have also expressed serious doubts about some aspects of "Making Decisions"; further regrets that the Government has failed to introduce any legislation or safeguards to stop hospitals and doctors from adopting the British Medical Association's Guidelines on Withholding and Withdrawing Life-Prolonging Treatment which promoted the concept of withdrawing assisted food and fluid from patients in a wide range of cases; recalls the paper published in the Voluntary Euthanasia Society of Scotland Newsletter of April 1996 in which the assisted-suicide advocate, Professor Sheila McLean, described this form of treatment to end the lives of PVS patients and others who are not dying as "a form of non-voluntary euthanasia"; and calls upon Her Majesty's Government to honour its pledge to oppose euthanasia and introduce legislation to prevent the purposeful killing of patients by omission.'.
Labour, Heywood and Middleton
9
signatures
EDM 1183A1: tabled on 9 May 2002