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

Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care)(Scotland) Bill

Call for written views

The Committee has issued a call for written views which will run from 3 July to 5 August 2015. 

Read the call for views

Read written submissions received

The Committee has created a survey on on controlling e-cigarettes and restricting smoking in parts of hospital grounds.

Palliative Care

Call for written views

The Committee has issued a call for written views which will run from 2 July to 12 August 2015. 

Read the call for views

We need to talk about Palliative Care - Written Submissions

Alcohol (Licensing, Public Health and Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill

The Committee launched a call for written views on 14 May 2015. The call for views closed on 24 June 2015.

Read the Call for Evidence

Read written submissions received

Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill

The Committee held its first oral evidence session on the Bill on 9 June 2015.

Took evidence on the Bill on 16 June 2015.

On 23 June 2015, the Committee heard evidence from the Member in charge of the Bill.

Vale of Leven Hospital Inquiry

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.

Health Inequalities

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.

Chamber Debate

A Committee Debate on Health Inequalities was held in the Chamber on 26 March 2015. 

Watch the Convener's speech (below).

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Committee Meetings

Next Health and Sport Committee Meeting

Date: 23rd Meeting, Tuesday 08 September 2015

Location: James Clerk Maxwell Room, Committee Room 4

Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill
Carers (Scotland) Bill

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Health and Sport Committee

8th Report, 2015 (Session 4): Subordinate Legislation

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Contact us

Clerk: Jane Williams
Email: HealthandSport

0131 348 5210

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