55.Memorandum from the Bishop of Paisley
The consultation period on the Government Mental
Incapacity Bill is already over one week old. As part of your
consultation I would like to make the following points.
1. I really find it quite incredible that
proposals for such vital and crucial decisions should be put out
to a six-week consultation period in the middle of the summer
holidays. I note that Parliament is itself in recess throughout
this period of consultation. Once again, it appears that this
Government is hoping to rush through legislation without permitting
proper scrutiny and consultation.
2. This matter is so important because it
touches directly on people's human rights as well as their civil
rights. The first human right is the right to life. The Bill as
it has been drafted would allow Euthanasia by neglect. Such an
important development in our country should be properly and adequately
discussed. This is a very complex and emotive issue, which requires
a full and informed discussion within Parliament and throughout
I am nevertheless grateful for the opportunity
given to contribute to the work of the Joint Committee and I can
only hope that the members will see fit to allow an extended period
of consultation in order to achieve a full and balanced consideration
of the serious issues involved.