Coronavirus and Scotland

Michael Keating

The RSE working group, chaired by CCC Director Michael Keating, has submitted a response to the inquiry on Coronavirus and Scotland by the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee.

The response answers all the questions but primarily focuses on the intergovernmental coordination between the UK and Scottish Governments on their response to the pandemic. Highlighting that existing intergovernmental structures, such as the Joint Ministerial Committee, was not used. Instead, the Civil Contingencies Committee was used to facilitate intergovernmental coordination in response to the pandemic. Due to the severity of the outbreak, there was a clear political intent for coordination across the UK, and this was demonstrated through a unified approach. However, without adequate intergovernmental structures, communication and coordination appears to have eroded.