Health and Sport Committee


About The Committee

The Health and Sport Committee examines the Scottish Government’s health policy, the NHS in Scotland, sport and other matters within its remit.

The Committee has nine members and is convened by Duncan McNeil, Labour MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde.

The Committee determines its own subjects for inquiry and also deals with any proposals for legislation, statutory instruments or petitions referred to it. Further details of the Committee’s work programme can be found on the Current Business section of the webpage.

The Committee normally meets on a Tuesday morning. Seats in the public gallery can be booked in advance by contacting Visitor Services


Current Business

Food (Scotland) Bill

The Committee will be consider the Bill at Stage 2 on Tuesday 11 November.

The deadline for amendments will be  Thursday 6 November at 12pm.

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

The Committee has agreed to publish a call for written evidence.

Read the Call for Evidence

Read written submissions received

The call for written evidence closes on Friday 22 August 2014.

We began taking evidence at our meeting on 30 September 2014.

Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill

The Committee has agreed to publish a call for written evidence.

Read the Call for Evidence

The call for written evidence closed on Friday 6 June 2014.

Submissions received for Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

On 25 September 2014 the Committee published analysis of the submissions of evidence.

Analysis of submissions of evidence on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (1.91MB pdf)
Addendum to Submissions Analysis (121KB pdf)

Please note that following the death of Margo MacDonald, Patrick Harvie MSP, as an additional Member in Charge of the Bill, will continue its progress through the Parliament in the normal way. Standing Orders provide for the member who introduces a Bill to designate an additional 'Member in Charge'.

Health Inequalities

The Committee has published its Report on Health Inequalities.

Report on Health Inequalities

The Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee has agreed to begin a new phase of its themed work on health inequalities by holding a short inquiry on early years. 

The Committee has also agreed to publish a call for written evidence.

Read the Call for Evidence

The Committee has received written submissions in relation to early years.

Read the written submissions received

Committee Meetings

Next Health and Sport Committee Meeting

Date: 4th Meeting, Tuesday 03 February 2015

Location: Robert Burns Room (Committee Room 1)

Decision on taking business in private
Appointment of European Union Reporter
Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill
Sport – the Commonwealth Games legacy

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Health and Sport Committee

3rd Report, 2015 (Session 4): Stage 1 Report on Mental Health (Scotland) Bill