A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: "The Government believes that any change to the law in this emotive and contentious area is an issue of individual conscience and a matter for Parliament to decide rather than Government policy."
The former leader of the House of Lords this week called for a change in the law to allow terminally ill patients to die with the assistance of medical professionals.
While guidance from the director of public prosecutions suggests that loved ones who end the lives of terminally ill adults should not be prosecuted. However, assistance from professionals remains prohibited.
Speaking on Friday, Baroness Jay of Paddington questioned whether it was sensible for parliament "to condone compassionate amateur assistance to die while prohibiting professional medical assistance which might be equally compassionate and more skilfully gentle".
A bill on assisted dying put forward by Labour's Lord Falconer proposes reforms to allow "safeguarded choice" for "mentally competent" terminally ill patients with six months to live. A Lords vote is expected on the bill in the next four months.
Legislation allowing doctors to help terminally ill patients to die is to come before parliament in the next few months, the Telegraph reports.
The government said it will not block a change in the law, according to the newspaper, indicating Conservative and Liberal Democrat politicians could be given a free vote on the issue.
At present, anyone who helps another person kill themselves could face up to 14 years in prison.
However, new guidelines from the director of public prosecutions in 2010 indicated that loved ones "acting out of compassion" were unlikely to be charged.
However, medical professionals remain prohibited from assisting death.
Prime Minister David Cameron said the crisis in Ukraine should not be seen as a "tug of war between Ukraine and Russia."
Speaking during PMQ's he said:
" I think it is important that this should not be seen as a tug of war between the EU and Russia. We should be in favour of the Ukrainian people being able to choose their own future.
"In my view this is as much about the Ukrainian people wanting to lean towards a better relationship with the EU as well as being able to get away from the appalling levels of corruption they've got in their government.
"I think it's right that the Foreign Secretary was the first to go to Kiev and meet with the leaders".
Ed Miliband has dismissed the letter signed by 24 UK business leaders criticising Labour's 50p tax plan, which suggests the tax hike will threaten the recovery.
The leader of the Labour party claimed the 50p tax rate did not stop businesses investing when the higher rate was previously in place for three years (from 2010, when the Labour party created the 50% tax band for anyone earning £150,000 and above).
Ed Mili rubbishes letter from 24 business leaders: 50p was in place for 3 years, I dont believe it was stopping businesses investing
EdMili goes on: I don't believe 50p rate acted as a dissincentive & business wants deficit to come down - revenue gotta come from somewhere
Asked about claims from business leaders that #50ptax rate will jeopardise the recovery Ed Mili says: "Of course some people won't like it"
The "enormously important" role of teachers should be recognised, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said, as Labour unveiled plans to issue licenses to teachers.
Mr Hunt told the BBC: "Just like lawyers and doctors they should have the same professional standing which means re-licensing themselves, which means continued professional development, which means being the best possible they can be.
"If you're not a motivated teacher - passionate about your subject, passionate about being in the classroom - then you shouldn't really be in this profession."
The Ministry of Defence has confirmed that it has reached an agreement with the Treasury on its future budget.
– Ministry of Defence Statement
A tough but deliverable settlement has been achieved that assists the Treasury's savings targets while protecting military manpower, capabilities and a fully funded but efficient equipment programme. Further genuine efficiencies have been found which has ensured there will be no reductions in military output as a result.
George Osborne says he has agreed a budget with the Defence Secretary Philip Hammond which will lead to a reduction in staff at the Ministry of Defence.
The government is understood to be keen to channel its resources into cyber defence which Mr Osborne described as "which is the new frontier in defence".
– George Osborne, Chancellor
I have settled the Defence department, which people thought was going to be one of the biggest and most difficult challenges, so I have agreed with Philip Hammond a defence budget.
It's going to involve some tough choices. The civilian headcount is going to have to reduce in our defence department, we are going to have to renegotiate, with some of our big suppliers, the contracts.
But I can tell you there will not be a reduction in our military capability.
In fact we are going to be able to spend some more money on things like cyber, which is the new frontier in defence."
George Osborne has told the BBC's Andrew Marr programme that recent fines paid by some of Britain's biggest banking firms will be used to provide treatment and support to injured soldiers.
– The Chancellor George Osborne
I want to make sure that as a society we don't forget about these people long after the war is over so we are committing for the rest of these people's lives to support the military covenant, to support them, to go on spending £10 million a year on these sorts of causes.
We can do this in part because we are using the money we have taken off bankers involved in the Libor scandal. So the people who demonstrated the very worst of British values in the Libor scandal, in the City, are now supporting those who have demonstrated the very best of British values.