Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill


Outcome: E

A Bill to make provision for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to make it lawful, in certain circumstances, to assist another to commit suicide; and for connected purposes.

Current Status of the Bill

This Member's Bill was introduced by Margo MacDonald MSP on 13 November 2013.

On the Bill's introduction, Patrick Harvie MSP was, under Rule 9.2A of the Parliament's Standing Orders, designated as an additional "member in charge" of the Bill.  Such a member can exercise any right conferred on the "member in charge" by Standing Orders.

The Bill fell following the Stage 1 debate on 27 May 2015

Stage 1

Lead Committee: Health and Sport

Secondary Committee: Justice

Dates of consideration by Lead Committee:

    17 December 2013 

    4 February 2014

    11 March 2014

    25 November 2014

    13 January 2015 (evidence) 

    20 January 2015 (evidence)

    27 January 2015 (evidence)

    3 February 2015 (evidence)

    17 February 2015 (evidence)

    17 March 2015

    24 March 2015 

    21 April 2015

    28 April 2015

The Health and Sport Committee published its Stage 1 report on 30 April 2015:

Date of consideration by Secondary Committee:

    30 September 2014

    28 October 2014 (evidence)

Dates of consideration by other committees:

    2 April 2014 (Finance)

    20 January 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

    3 February 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

    24 March 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee published its report on the delegated powers provisions in the Bill on 3 February 2015:

Stage 1 debate:

The Stage 1 debate took place on 27 May 2015

Official Report (924KB pdf)

Minute of Proceedings of the Parliament of 27 May 2015 (187KB pdf)

Passage of the Bill: