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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-14423: Jackson Carlaw (Eastwood)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will hold an inquiry or set up a commission into assisted dying, and what the reasons are for its position on this matter.

Answered by: Shona Robison 28 February 2018

The Stage 1 debate of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill was held in the Scottish Parliament in May 2015. The views expressed were considered, sincere, and respectfully heard by all involved. Ultimately, the Scottish Parliament decided not to proceed with this legislation.

The Scottish Government respects the will of the Parliament on assisted dying, and is focussed on improving the care and support available to people at the end of life. As such there are no plans to set up an inquiry or commission into assisted dying at this time.