PATIENT (ASSISTED DYING) BILL [HL]|
14. This private Member's bill is introduced
by Lord Joffe. Its purpose is mainly to enable those suffering
unbearably because of terminal or serious and progressive illness
to receive medical help to die.
15. There are delegated powers at clauses 1(2)
(definition of "declaration") and 15.
16. The power under clause 1(2) is a Henry VIII
power to alter the form of declaration set out in the Schedule
to the bill. It is to be implied that these regulations are in
fact regulations under clause 15, which means that they are made
by the Secretary of State and subject to affirmative procedure.
In our view, this is appropriate, as the form has an unusual significance
in the context of this bill.
17. Clause 15 enables regulations by the Secretary
of State to do four things by regulations. The first of these
is "(a) to ensure that the intent of this Act is carried
out". This provision is cast in wide terms and the House
may wish to consider whether it should be circumscribed.
18. Save for the comment made in paragraph
17 above, there is nothing in this bill to which the Committee
wishes to draw the attention of the House.