HC Deb 10 April 2002 vol 383 c436W
Mr. Letwin

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make a statement on his policy on voluntary euthanasia. [48021]

Ms Blears

Voluntary euthanasia—the intentional taking of life at the patient's request—is unlawful in the United Kingdom. Anyone alleged to have undertaken it would be open to a charge of murder or manslaughter. Similarly, medical treatment that is either omitted or given to a patient with the specific intention by the health care professional of hastening or inducing death is an illegal act.

The Government have no plans to change the law in this respect.