Coronavirus and Scotland (House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee)

This response to the inquiry by the Scottish Affairs Committee primarily focuses on the intergovernmental coordination between the UK and Scottish governments on their response to the pandemic. It highlights that existing intergovernmental structures, such as the Joint Ministerial Committee, were not used; instead, the Civil Contingencies Committee was used to facilitate intergovernmental coordination in response to the pandemic. Discussing the level and success of intergovernmental coordination, the response illustrates that due to the severity of the outbreak there was a clear political intent for coordination across the UK, however as the UK lacks adequate intergovernmental structures, communication and coordination appears to have eroded.

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