Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill — Continuation of Debate — 14 Apr 2000

The majority of MPs voted to curtail debate on requiring the Consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions for a prosecution under the Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill. The threshold of 100 MPs required to curtail the debate was not met though.

MPs were considering the Medical Treatment (Prevention of Euthanasia) Bill[1].

The operative clause of the Bill, clause 1, stated:

  • It shall be unlawful for any person responsible for the care of a patient to withdraw or withhold from the patient medical treatment or sustenance if his purpose or one of his purposes in doing so is to hasten or otherwise cause the death of the patient.

MPs were specifically considering a proposed new clause titled Consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions stating:

  • No prosecution under this Act shall be brought without the prior consent of the Director of Public Prosecution.

This division was on if to curtail the debate. The question supported by the majority of MPs was:

  • That the Question be now put

The result of the vote was: Ayes 96, Noes 10. House of Commons Standing Order 37[2] states, in relation to such questions:

  • that question shall not be decided in the affirmative unless it appears by the numbers declared from the chair that not fewer than one hundred Members voted in the majority in support of the motion.

As a result the debate continued.

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NameConstituencyPartyVote
Sir David AmessSouthend WestCon (front bench)aye
Peter BottomleyWorthing WestCon (front bench)aye
Graham BradyAltrincham and Sale WestCon (front bench)aye
Julian BrazierCanterburyCon (front bench)aye
Mr Peter BrookeCities of London and WestminsterCon (front bench)aye
Bill CashStoneCon (front bench)aye
Sir Sydney ChapmanChipping BarnetConaye
James ClappisonHertsmereCon (front bench)aye
Kenneth ClarkeRushcliffeConaye
Geoffrey Clifton-BrownCotswoldCon (front bench)aye
Iain Duncan SmithChingford and Woodford GreenCon (front bench)aye
Nigel EvansRibble ValleyCon (front bench)aye
Mr David FaberWestburyConaye
Michael FallonSevenoaksCon (front bench)aye
Mr Howard FlightArundel and South DownsConaye
Eric ForthBromley and ChislehurstConaye
Liam FoxWoodspringCon (front bench)aye
Mr Christopher GillLudlowConaye
Damian GreenAshfordCon (front bench)aye
Dominic GrieveBeaconsfieldCon (front bench)aye
Philip HammondRunnymede and WeybridgeCon (front bench)aye
Oliver HealdNorth East HertfordshireCon (front bench)aye
John HoramOrpingtonConaye
Gerald HowarthAldershotCon (front bench)aye
Sir Geoffrey Johnson SmithWealdenConaye
Jacqui LaitBeckenhamConaye
Andrew LansleySouth CambridgeshireCon (front bench)aye
Edward LeighGainsboroughCon (front bench)tellaye
Julian LewisNew Forest EastCon (front bench)aye
Tim LoughtonEast Worthing and ShorehamCon (front bench)aye
Peter LuffMid WorcestershireConaye
David MacleanPenrith and The BorderConaye
Dr Brian MawhinneyNorth West CambridgeshireConaye
Mr Patrick NichollsTeignbridgeConaye
James PaiceSouth East CambridgeshireCon (front bench)aye
Mr David PriorNorth NorfolkCon (front bench)aye
John RandallUxbridgeCon (front bench)aye
Andrew RobathanBlabyCon (front bench)aye
Laurence RobertsonTewkesburyCon (front bench)aye
Mrs Marion RoeBroxbourneConaye
Desmond SwayneNew Forest WestCon (front bench)aye
Mr Michael TrendWindsorConaye
Charles WardleBexhill and Battlewhilst Conaye
Nigel WatersonEastbourneConaye
Sir Ray WhitneyWycombeConaye
Mr John WilkinsonRuislip - NorthwoodConaye
Ann WintertonCongletonConaye
Stuart BellMiddlesbroughLab (minister)aye
Joe BentonBootleLabaye
David BorrowSouth RibbleLabaye
Mr Roger CasaleWimbledonLabaye
Ms Helen ClarkPeterboroughLabaye
Frank CookStockton NorthLabaye
Mr Tom CoxTootingLabaye
David CrausbyBolton North EastLab (minister)aye
Jim CunninghamCoventry SouthLab (minister)aye
Claire Curtis-ThomasCrosbyLabaye
Mr Hilton DawsonLancaster and WyreLabaye
Jim DobbinHeywood and MiddletonLabaye
Michael Jabez FosterHastings and RyeLabaye
George GallowayGlasgow KelvinLabaye
Barry GardinerBrent NorthLab (minister)aye
Brian IddonBolton South EastLabaye
Fiona JonesNewarkLabaye
Helen JonesWarrington NorthLab (minister)aye
Gerald KaufmanManchester, GortonLab (minister)aye
Peter KilfoyleLiverpool, WaltonLabaye
Mr Andy KingRugby and KenilworthLabaye
Mrs Jackie LawrencePreseli PembrokeshireLabaye
Andrew MacKinlayThurrockLabaye
Siobhain McDonaghMitcham and MordenLabaye
John McFallDumbartonLab (minister)aye
Mr Kevin McNamaraKingston upon Hull NorthLabaye
George MudieLeeds EastLabaye
Edward O'HaraKnowsley SouthLabaye
Bill OlnerNuneatonLabaye
Nick PalmerBroxtoweLabaye
Mr Kerry PollardSt AlbansLabaye
Steve PoundEaling NorthLab (minister)aye
Mr Ted RowlandsMerthyr Tydfil and RhymneyLab (minister)aye
Jonathan R ShawChatham and AylesfordLabaye
Geraldine SmithMorecambe and LunesdaleLabaye
Dari TaylorStockton SouthLabaye
Gareth ThomasHarrow WestLabaye
Mark ToddSouth DerbyshireLabaye
Robert WareingLiverpool, West DerbyLabaye
Mr Joe AshtonBassetlawLabtellno
Charlotte AtkinsStaffordshire MoorlandsLabno
Andrew DismoreHendonLabno
Jim FitzpatrickPoplar and Canning TownLabno
Mrs Maria FyfeGlasgow MaryhillLabno
John HealeyWentworthLabno
Mr Brian SedgemoreHackney South and ShoreditchLabno
Rudi VisFinchley and Golders GreenLabno
Alan BeithBerwick-upon-TweedLDem (front bench)aye
Colin BreedSouth East CornwallLDemaye
Mr John BurnettTorridge and West DevonLDemaye
Mr Ronnie FearnSouthportLDem (front bench)aye
David HeathSomerton and FromeLDem (front bench)aye
Bob RussellColchesterLDem (front bench)aye
Andrew StunellHazel GroveLDem (front bench)aye
Steve WebbNorthavonLDem (front bench)aye
Dr Peter BrandIsle of WightLDemno
Mr David RendelNewburyLDemno
Dr Jenny TongeRichmond ParkLDemtellno
Evan HarrisOxford West and AbingdonLDemboth
Mr Roy BeggsEast AntrimUUPaye
Martin SmythBelfast SouthUUPtellaye
Mr William ThompsonWest TyroneUUPaye

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