A good debate

The first part of the committee stage of the End of Life Choice Bill was debated yesterday and generally it was a very good high quality debate on the issues. One of the rare times where the Debating Chamber is used for actual debate and scrutiny.

The Hansard is here. There were 30 speeches and I think almost five hours of debate.

Part 1 of the Bill was agreed to with David Seymour’s amendments adopted. Of interest is that of other amendments put up, there were different numbers for each – so MPs are not all block voting. For example a Maggie Barry amendment got 44 votes in favour while a Chris Penk one got only 36 votes.