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Assisted dying to be debated by MPs

29 June 2022

On Monday 4 July, MPs will debate a petition relating to assisted dying.

Tonia Antoniazzi MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate, and MPs from all parties can take part. James Cartlidge MP, a Minister at the Ministry of Justice, will respond for the Government.

Legalise assisted dying for terminally ill, mentally competent adults

The petition, which has more than 155,000 signatures, states: “The Government should bring forward legislation to allow assisted dying for adults who are terminally ill and have mental capacity. It should be permitted subject to strict upfront safeguards, assessed by two doctors independently, and self-administered by the dying person.”

In its response to the petition, provided on 3 February 2022, the Government said: “The Government’s position is that any change to the law in this area is a matter for Parliament and an issue of conscience for individual parliamentarians rather than one for Government policy.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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