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END-OF-LIFE DECISION-MAKING

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1670: tabled on 10 September 2003

Tabled in the 2002-03 session.

This motion has been signed by 33 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 welcomes the Quality of Mercy report issued by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society; notes with concern the findings that 30 per cent. of those who assist in someone else's death in the United Kingdom go on to commit suicide; notes that there is a wide disparity between the penalties laid out in law and the number of prosecutions and sentences handed down; is concerned that unlike many other countries no formal research has been carried out into end-of-life decision-making in the United Kingdom; notes that members of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament have recently proposed that this issue should be researched and discussed in greater detail; and calls on the Government to carry out research into this issue as a matter of urgency.

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.

Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 11 September 2003
Keighley
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 18 September 2003
Glasgow, Pollok
Doughty, Sue
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 September 2003
Guildford
Drown, Julia
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2003
South Swindon
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 15 September 2003
Sunderland North
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 11 September 2003
Newport West
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 October 2003
Romsey
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2003
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 15 September 2003
Portsmouth South
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2003
Luton North
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 30 October 2003
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 16 September 2003
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2003
Wolverhampton South West
Marshall, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2003
Leicester South
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 15 September 2003
Calder Valley
O'Neill, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2003
Ochil
Sedgemore, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 20 October 2003
Hackney South and Shoreditch
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 16 October 2003
Huddersfield
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 3 November 2003
Nottingham South
Taylor, Mr John D.
Conservative
Signed on 18 November 2003
Solihull
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Conservative
Signed on 14 October 2003
Rochford and Southend East
Tonge, Dr Jenny
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 September 2003
Richmond Park
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 11 September 2003
Finchley and Golders Green
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 14 October 2003
North Tayside
Wray, Mr Jimmy
Labour
Signed on 15 October 2003
Glasgow, Baillieston
Wright, David
Labour
Signed on 14 October 2003
Telford

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.

END-OF-LIFE DECISION-MAKING (Amendment 1)
Line 1, leave out from 'House' to end and add 'notes the plethora of opinion polls, research and reports emanating from the Voluntary Euthanasia Society in recent years on end of life decision making; trusts that the raw data from which such opinion polls, research and reports have been compiled will be placed in the public domain; welcomes rigorous and independent research into end of life decision making whilst recognising that our priority should be the allocation od resources to support the dignity and independence of the seriously ill and severely disabled; and calls upon the Government to work closely with disability rights groups and the palliative care sector in order to safeguard the welfare of vunerable individuals at the end of their lives.'
Labour, Bolton South East
15
signatures
EDM 1670A1: tabled on 18 September 2003