Coronavirus and Scotland: Interim Report on Intergovernmental Working Contents



1 Introduction

Coronavirus and devolution

Our inquiry


Report structure

2 Coronavirus and intergovernmental working: the story so far

3 Effectiveness of intergovernmental working during COVID-19

Four-nations approach and initial intergovernmental communication

Early stage communications

Emerging variation in policy between nations

Risks around messaging

Differing messages

Joint Ministerial Committee vs. Ministerial Implementation Groups

COBRA and Ministerial Implementation Groups

Impact on future intergovernmental relations

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Vacuum of leadership

Scientific cooperation


Lack of practical expertise

Joint Biosecurity Centre

4 Final thoughts

Conclusions and recommendations

Appendix 1: Intergovernmental mechanisms

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

Published: 23 July 2020