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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14422: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many deaths involving a person helping a relative facing a terminal or life-limiting illness to die have been recorded in each of the last five years, and how many subsequent (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 2 March 2018

The Scottish Government does not hold information on the number of people who have assisted a terminally ill partner to die. Should such an incident lead to the recording of a homicide by Police Scotland or the prosecution of an individual through the courts, it will be included in the National Statistics on Homicide or the National Statistics on Criminal Proceedings respectively. However the information received for these publications does not specify whether the homicide involved an individual assisting a terminally ill partner to die.