The Assisted Dying Bill entered committee stage, the chance for line by line scrutiny in the Lords, on Friday 7 November.
Assisted Dying Bill second reading: Friday 18 July
Lord Falconer of Thoroton (Labour), former Lord Chancellor and opposition spokesperson for justice, introduced the bill as one to provide a means for terminally ill people to end their lives. Many members supported the bill, however many had concerns about it: some felt there were inadequate safeguards, and a number highlighted the difficulty in assessing mental capacity and life expectancy.
Members were also concerned the bill did not cover long-term terminal illness, and questioned the adequacy of post-death inquiries.
Assisted Dying Bill summary
The Assisted Dying Bill seeks to enable competent adults who are terminally ill to be provided, at their request, with assistance to end their own life.