Minister Misleads Parliament and Should Resign
Freedom To Choose (Scotland) demands the resignation of the Minister for Public Health, Shona Robison, for blatantly misleading MSPs in the Health and Sport Committee in Stage 1 of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services Bill.(1)
The convener of the Health and Sport Committee, Christine Grahame, was reported as saying that the Scottish Government should bring tobacco ‘into line’(3) with alcohol by banning its sale from vending machines.
However, despite these statements, other age-restricted products are not banned from vending machines as documentation(
Eddie Douthwaite, chairman of Freedom To Choose (Scotland) raised this issue the previous day at Holyrood’s Smoking Conference(5)
“I asked the Minister whether she would inform Parliament of the discrepancy in her evidence before the Stage 1 debate,” he states. “The Minister would not answer this specific point and merely reiterated why the Bill should be passed.”
Earlier in the proceedings Shona Robison was forced to correct the statement that there was only one tobacco vending machine company based in Scotland (there are actually 15 such companies). On this occasion however, the Minister decided not to inform MSPs of her incorrect evidence, which was exposed by Freedom To Choose (Scotland)(6)
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