In this episode of the podcast Allan Campbell, from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), summarises what he and has team think stands out from the Scottish Government's Programme for Government 2020/21.

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This episode was recorded on Monday 7 September 2020.

Parliament's Health and Sport Committee have just released their report into the supply and demand for medicines in Scotland.

We spoke with the Convener of the Committee, Lewis Macdonald MSP, to find out more.

You can read the full report on the Scottish Parliament website at


Join our panel to hear as they consider whether public health laws promote healthy living or undermine freedom of choice.

Chaired by Emma Harper MSP, this event also featured

  • Pennie Taylor, freelance health journalist and broadcaster
  • Professor Linda Bauld, Chair of Public Health at the Usher Institute at the University of Edinburgh
  • Professor John Coggon, Chair in Law at the University of Bristol
  • Dr Iain Kennedy, Representative for the British Medical Association Scotland Council

The factors which stop young women getting involved in sport have been highlighted by a group taking part in a Scottish Parliament project aimed at increasing women’s participation in politics.

Listen to Hayley Forrester, the Scottish Parliament's project lead, Beth Cloughton, the Young Women's Movement's project intern, and participants Amy King and Lauren Pluss as they discuss the project, how it came together, and the findings of their report. 

Ahead of the World Cup this summer, the Scotland Women’s National Football Team head coach Shelley Kerr shared the lessons she’s learned through sport, and described her vision for the long-term future of women’s football in Scotland.

Chaired by Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer and Futures Forum Chair

You can find out more on the Scotland's Futures Forum website.

Johann Lamont MSP, Convener of the Public Petitions Committee, and Brian Whittle MSP, member of the Committee, both discuss the newly released report on polypropylene mesh medical devices.

We speak with Dr Hilary Jones, GP, TV presenter and author, on holding a session with Parliament passholders on the menopause.

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