The Digital Media Culture and Sport Select Committee’s (DMCSSC) fourth formal meeting took place on 18 May to address concussion in sport, the recording of which can be accessed here.
There remains no confirmed date for publication of the Committee’s report, nor any hint that further oral hearings will take place; in fact, the inquiry’s web page still refers to it being heard over two sessions. This fourth session adopted a more relaxed approach than we have previously seen, with a reduced panel of witnesses and a shorter session concluded by evidence from another inquiry. Overall, it gives the impression that the evidence gathering phase is slowing to a stop.
If a week is a long time in politics, the fortnight since the initial Digital Media Culture and Sport Select Committee (DMCSSC) first oral evidence hearing in this new inquiry has passed with undue haste. A second, and apparently final session (the recording of which be viewed here) on Tuesday 23 March was the Committee’s opportunity to hear from individual players and governing bodies. As a result the witness ‘team sheet’ was longer and more varied than the previous hearing which had involved clinical witnesses only. The committee’s intention is to consider concussion across all sports at all levels but its focus, perhaps inevitably, remains on football and rugby.