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
On 21 May 2015, the Committee wrote to the Minister for Public Health on the provision of NHS fertility services in Scotland.
On 30 June 2015, the Committee received a response from the Minister.
The Committee will hold its first oral evidence session on the Bill on 9 June 2015 when it will hear from the following organisations:
- Scottish Coalition on Tobacco (SCOT) - three representatives from the following SCOT membership organisations: ASH Scotland, British Lung Foundation Scotland and Northern Ireland, British Heart Foundation Scotland
- NHS Health Scotland
The following organisations have been invited to give evidence on the Bill on 16 June 2015:
- Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST)
- Police Scotland
- Local authorities
- Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland
On 23 June 2015, the Committee will hear evidence from:
- Jim Hume MSP, Member in charge of the Bill
The Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, the Director General Health and Social Care and the Chief Nursing Officer on Tuesday 24 February 2015.
On 7 April 2015 the Committee received a follow up from the Cabinet Secretary.
The Committee has published its Report on Health Inequalities.
On 23 March, the Committee received a response from the Scottish Government.
On 13 May, the Committee received a further response from the Scottish Government.
A Committee Debate on Health Inequalities was held in the Chamber on 26 March 2015.
Watch the Convener's speech (below).
21st Health and Sport Committee Meeting 2015
Date: 21st Meeting, Tuesday 23 June 2015
Location: James Clerk Maxwell Room (Committee Room 4)
Official Report of Meeting 23 June 2015
Carers (Scotland) Bill
Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill
Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill (in private)
Palliative care inquiry (in private)
Read the latest report from the Health and Sport Committee
8th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Subordinate Legislation