Duncan McNeil MSP

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Duncan McNeil MSP

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  • Member for: Greenock and Inverclyde
  • Region: West Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Labour

Duncan is a member of the following Committees:

Duncan is a member of the following Cross-Party Groups:

Parliamentary Activities

Member of the Conveners Group

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Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener (Duncan McNeil)

Good morning, and welcome to the second meeting of the Health and Sport Committee in 2015. I ask everyone in the room to switch off mobile phones, because they sometimes interfere with the sound system. You will note, however, that some committee members and clerks are using tablets instead of hard copies of our papers.

I have received apologies from Richard Lyle. I welcome back Graeme Dey as a Scottish National Party substitute. I have also received apologies from Richard Simpson, who unavoidably cannot be here this morning. Patrick Harvie joins us for agenda item 3 and I welcome him.

The first item on the agenda today is a decision on taking an item in private. I invite the committee to agree to take in private item 5, which is consideration of our work programme, which we would normally take in private. Is the committee agreed on that?

Members indicated agreement.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

Agenda item 2 is subordinate legislation. We have one negative instrument before us today. There has been no motion to annul, and the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee has not made any comments on the order.

I do not see any committee member wishing to make comments on the order. Does the committee therefore agree to make no recommendations?

Members indicated agreement.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

We move to agenda item 3, under which we continue our stage 1 scrutiny of the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill. This morning, we have a round-table discussion on ethical issues. As usual with round-table discussions, I invite the witnesses and committee members to introduce themselves.

To my right is Dr Mary Neal, the committee’s adviser on the bill.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

I am Duncan McNeil, MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde and convener of the Health and Sport Committee.

I should point out that Professor Sheila McLean was unable to be here this morning but we are hopeful that she will participate at some future stage.

I ask Bob Doris to kick us off with some general questions, please, which I hope will encourage the participation of the panellists.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

Thank you for that. I think that some of the panel members are anxious to get back in.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

I see that another couple of panel members want to speak. I must thank everyone for their full participation in this discussion—the MSPs can get the morning off. [Laughter.]



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

Do you want back in, Dr MacKellar?



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

I want to move the discussion on to ownership and whose life it is. People have very strong emotions when they think about the end of life and the associated difficulties. They may think, “I own this body—it’s my life and my decision to make.” It is about autonomy and not just about allowing people permission. People think at that point in their lives that it is important that it be recognised that it is their life and they own it.

Are there any comments? I say to Graeme Dey that I will always go to the panel first, but I also have a couple of bids from members to come in to move the debate on.

“It’s my life, my body, I own it and it’s my decision.” Robert Preston will comment.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

Dennis Robertson is indicating that he has a question, but Graeme Dey and Patrick Harvie are also waiting to come in. I propose, after Dr MacKellar’s response, to take a question from Graeme Dey.



Health and Sport Committee 20 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 20, 2015
The Convener

I will try to get a couple of members in. There may be some similar questions and answers. I invite Dennis Robertson to ask a question and, with the committee’s permission, I will skip forward a bit and take Patrick Harvie, although some committee members have still to ask questions. Is that okay? I see that members are nodding.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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YesDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
Not VotedCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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YesDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Ric
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Not VotedDefeated

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EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Motion S4M-11728: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10879: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 25/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08507: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 04/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08059: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06389: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/04/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05043: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/11/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04512: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04179: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, On Behalf of Health and Sport Committee, Date Lodged: 18/09/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04040: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/09/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-03844: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 16/08/2012 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-22978: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02267: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03171: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03139: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 14/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20529: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20527: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20528: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20530: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20525: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-20526: Duncan McNeil, Greenock and Inverclyde, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Question >>

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