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

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill

The Committee Reported to Parliament on Mental Health (Scotland) Bill Stage 1 on 30 January 2015.

The Scottish Government responded on 27 March 2015.

Mental Health (Scotland) Bill was debated in the Chamber on 12 March 2015.

After debate, the motion, agreeing the general principle, was agreed to.

Stage 2 (Day 1) took place at the Committee’s meeting on 19 May.

Stage 3 took place on Wednesday 24 June. 

Fertility Treatment

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.

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 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:

Panel 1

  • Freedom Organisation for the Right to Enjoy Smoking Tobacco (FOREST)

Panel 2

  • 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

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

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

Subordinate legislation
Carers (Scotland) Bill
Subordinate legislation
Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill
Health (Tobacco, Nicotine etc. and Care) (Scotland) Bill (in private)
Palliative care inquiry (in private)

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Health and Sport Committee

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

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Clerk: Jane Williams
Email: HealthandSport

0131 348 5210

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