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In January 2012 the Commission on Assisted Dying found that “the current legal status of assisted dying is inadequate and incoherent” and that there is “a strong case for providing the choice of assisted dying for terminally ill people”. In its report, the Commission set out proposals for a legal framework within which assisted dying could be practised safely.

The APPG on Choice at the End of Life and Dignity in Dying developed a draft Assisted Dying Bill based on the Commission's recommendations, and published the proposed Bill for consultation in July 2012. The consultation closed on 20th November 2012.

Having chaired the Commission on Assisted Dying, Lord Falconer of Thoroton PC QC announced his intention to introduce the Assisted Dying Bill into Parliament. Giving consideration to the consultation responses, Lord Falconer redrafted the Bill. His Assisted Dying Bill received its First Reading in the House of Lords on 15th May 2013. A date has not yet been set for the Bill's Second Reading when the principles of the Bill will be debated, and possibly voted on, by Peers.