One-off session on the Ebola virus

Inquiry status: one-off evidence session held 22 October 2014

The Health Committee holds an oral evidence session on the arrangements for dealing with the outbreak of the Ebola virus on Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 2.30pm.

The Committee takes evidence from the following experts, who have specific expertise on the nature of the outbreak and the scale of the public health risk to the UK:

  • Professor Dame Sally Davies, the Chief Medical Officer
  • Dr Paul Cosford, Director for Health Protection and Medical Director, Public Health England
  • Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research and evidence, Department for International Development,

Issues for consideration include:

  • the actions that the health agencies are taking to safeguard the public and medical staff
  • the process for screening passengers arriving in the UK from at-risk countries
  • and how the UK Government is helping combat the outbreak in West Africa

The Committee received questions from the public via their twitter account under the hashtag #EbolaQuestionsUK, and by email, some of which were put to the panel of experts at Wednesday's meeting. Thank you to all who submitted questions.



  • Close


    • Reports and associated evidence – Reports of Committee inquires. This category may also include Special Reports where they are used by a Committee to bring matters relating to conduct of its business to the notice of the House.
    • Responses to Reports - Responses may be published as a Special Report, or as a Command Paper. They may also be appended to a Report should the Committee have substantial comments on the Response, in which case they can be found listed under Reports. 
    • Other oral and written evidence - Evidence taken by the Committee that has yet to or did not result in the publication of a Report. This includes transcripts of recent meetings.
    • Estimate Memoranda - An Estimate memorandum is an explanatory note that accompanies a government department’s estimate (a means by which a department seeks authority from Parliament for its spending plans).
    • Correspondence - Correspondence sent from or received by the Committee or its Chair.