By Katie Weston For Mailonline
Published: 01:31 BST, 2 May 2021 | Updated: 01:31 BST, 2 May 2021
Matt Hancock wants a new debate on legalising assisted suicide after asking for data on Britons with terminal conditions who have killed themselves.
The Health Secretary requested the figures from the UK's top statistician, Sir Ian Diamond, last week.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
During a private meeting, Mr Hancock told the All Party Parliamentary Group for Choice that he hopes the data will provide further information for a discussion on legalising doctor-assisted suicide across the nation, reports The Telegraph.
In the UK, assisted suicide is illegal with anyone helping or encouraging someone to take their own life in England and Wales facing up to 14 years in prison.
During a private meeting, Matt Hancock (pictured in London on Saturday morning) reportedly told the All Party Parliamentary Group for Choice that he hopes the data will provide further information for a discussion on legalising doctor-assisted suicide across the nation
Mr Hancock told MPs and peers that he had asked the statistician 'to consider what should be published in terms of statistics that can inform the debate in this country.'
He also said that he wants the figures to 'shed more light on the data of those at a time of their choosing'.
Mr Hancock reportedly explained that he was initially against assisted suicide, but was left impacted after speaking to Sir Paul Cosford, who served as Public Health England's medical director and died last month after a four-year battle with cancer.
He added: 'I think it is important that public debate is informed by the best