August 2015

Committee Updates for August 2015

Smoking in Cars – supplementary Evidence

Following our oral evidence session at the Scottish Parliament on the Smoking Prohibition (Children in Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Bill, the Health and Sport Committee asked us to provide supplementary written evidence on a couple of points that were raised.  In this evidence we highlight our views on whether or not a person convicted under the proposed legislation may trigger a report to the child’s Named Person, under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, and whether or not whether such a report is a proportionate response. We also explore the possibility of such an event triggering a referral to a children’s hearing.  We also reiterate our concerns regarding the enforceability of the proposed legislation and whether or not it should be the driver of the vehicle that is held responsible.

Our full commentary on the Bill and links to our oral evidence sessions can be found on or website