2020 Meeting Papers & Official Reports

December 2020

26th Meeting, Wednesday 23 December 2020

1. Ministerial statement: Covid-19; and Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the latest Ministerial statement on Covid-19; and the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 8) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/452) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs and Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move— 

S5M-23775—That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 8) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/452) be approved.

Papers for the meeting 23 December 2020 (523KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 23 December 2020 (99KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 23 December 2020



25th Meeting, Thursday 17 December 2020

1. Covid-19: Vaccination programme: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • Steve Hoare, Director of Quality, Regulatory Science & Safety, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry;
  • Professor Andrew Pollard, Professor of Paediatric Infection and Immunity, University of Oxford, Oxford Vaccine Group;
  • Professor Wei Shen Lim, Chair of COVID-19 Immunisation, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation;
  • Dr Christian Schneider, Chief Scientific Officer, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency.

2. Ministerial statement: Covid-19; and Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the latest Ministerial Statement on Covid-19; the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/400); the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) Amendment (No. 6) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/415); the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) Amendment (No. 7) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/427); and the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs and Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, to move—

S5M-25354― That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/400) be approved.

S5M-23603― That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 6) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/415) be approved.

S5M-23683― That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 7) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/427) be approved.

Papers for the meeting 17 December 2020 (808KB PDF)

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] (440KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 17 December 2020 (54KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 17 December 2020



24th Meeting, Thursday 10 December 2020

1. Declaration of interests: John Mason will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Covid-19: the Social and Economic Impact of Restrictions over Winter: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • Gordon Dewar, Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport;
  • Robbie Drummond, Managing Director, CalMac Ferries Ltd;
  • Alex Hynes, Managing Director, Scotland's Railway;
  • Alastair Wilson, Director, Wilson's of Rhu Ltd.

3. Ministerial statement: Covid-19; and Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs and Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government.

Papers for the meeting 10 December  (447KB PDF) 

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 7) Regulations 2020 [draft] (230KB PDF)

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Protection from Eviction) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 [draft] (212KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 10 December (49KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 10 December 2020



23rd Meeting, Thursday 03 December 2020

1. Ministerial Statement: Covid-19; and Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the latest Ministerial Statement on Covid-19; the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 6) Regulations 2020 [draft]; the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/389) and the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/392) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs and Dr Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move―

S5M-23533― That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/389) be approved.

S5M-23468― That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/392) be approved.

3. Covid-19: the Social and Economic Impact of Restrictions over Winter: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director and Alison Irvine, Director, Transport Strategy and Analysis, Scottish Government.

Papers for the meeting 3 December 2020 (659KB PDF)

Written Submission from Samaritans Scotland on The Potential Impact of Coronavirus over Winter - Additional Insights (107KB PDF)

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No.6) Regulations 2020 [draft] (143KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 3 December 2020 (53KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 3 December 2020



November 2020

22 Meeting, Thursday 26 November 2020

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Ministerial statement: Covid-19; and Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the latest Ministerial Statement on Covid-19; the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 2020 [draft]; and the Coronavirus Act 2020 (Suspension: Adult Social Care) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/377) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Rod Finan, Professional Social Work Advisor, and David Fotheringham, Head of Adult Social Care, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move—

S5M-23355― That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/374) be approved.

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

5. Advisers: The Committee will consider a shortlist of candidates for two adviser posts. 

Papers for the meeting 26 November 2020 (973KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 26 November (52KB PDF)

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 2020 [draft] (429KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 26 November 2020



21st Meeting, Wednesday 18 November 2020

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/374) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government and Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, to move—

S5M-23215― That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/344) be approved.

S5M-23366― That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/347) be approved.

3. Covid-19: Social and Economic Impact of Restrictions over Winter: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • Dr Liz Cameron OBE, Director and Chief Executive, Scottish Chamber of Commerce;
  • Matt Crilly, President, National Union of Students Scotland;
  • Willie Macleod, Executive Director, Scotland, UKHospitality;
  • Dr Maureen Sier, Director, Interfaith Scotland;
  • Adam Stachura, Head of Policy and Communications, Age UK (Scotland).

Papers for the meeting 18 November 2020 (385KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 18 November 2020 (52KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 18 November 2020



20th Meeting, Wednesday 04 November 2020

1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's Strategic Framework; and Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's Strategic Framework; the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Alert Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/344); and the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/347) from—

  • Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister and Dr. Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Scottish Government.

Papers for the meeting 4 November 2020 (2068KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 4 November 2020 (49KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 4 November 2020



October 2020

19th Meeting, Wednesday 28 October 2020

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. The Coronavirus Acts: Two-Monthly Report and Freedom of Information Report to the Scottish Parliament; and Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Coronavirus Acts: Third Two-Monthly Report and Second Freedom of Information Report to the Scottish Parliament; the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Additional Temporary Measures) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/318); and the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Additional Temporary Measures) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/325) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Gerry Hendricks, Head of FOI Unit, and Jenny Brough, Coronavirus Legislation Co-ordination (Reporting) Team, Scottish Government.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

4. Correspondence: The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Presiding Officer.

Papers for the meeting 28 October 2020 (3624KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 28 October 2020 (101KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 28 October 2020



18th Meeting, Wednesday 07 October 2020

1. Subordinate legislation: The Covid-19 Committee will take evidence on the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/279); and the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/300) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move—

S5M-22704— That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/279) be approved.

S5M-22856— That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/300) be approved.

Papers for the meeting 7 October 2020 (1337KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 7 October 2020 (52 KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 7 October 2020



September 2020

17th Meeting, Wednesday 30 September 2020

1. Declaration of interests: Stuart McMillan and Mark Ruskell will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Covid-19 Framework for Decision Making and Scotland's Route Map: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, and Richard Foggo, Director of Covid Public Health, Scottish Government.

Papers for the meeting 30 September 2020 (158KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 30 September 2020 (99KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 30 September 2020



16th Meeting, Wednesday 16 September 2020

1. Subordinate legislation: The Covid-19 Committee will take evidence on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment of Expiry Dates) Regulations 2020 [draft]; the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Early Expiry of Provisions) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/249); from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, and Pamela Wilkinson, Coronavirus Legislation Co-ordination (Reporting) Team, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, to move—

S5M-22519– That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment of Expiry Dates) Regulations 2020 [draft] be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Covid-19 Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier in the meeting on the following negative instrument—

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Early Expiry of Provisions) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/249).

4. Subordinate legislation: The Covid-19 Committee will take evidence on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Aberdeen City) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/253); and the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Directions By Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/262) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Amanda Gordon, Deputy Director Local Interventions, Outbreak Management, and Luke McBratney, Bill Team Leader, Coronavirus (Scotland) Bills, Scottish Government.

5. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, to move—

S5M-22520– That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Aberdeen City) Amendment Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/253) be approved.

S5M-22574– That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Directions by Local Authorities) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/262) be approved.

6. Subordinate legislation: The Covid-19 Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (Suspension: Muirburn) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/260);

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (Suspension: Adults with Incapacity) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/267);

The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020 (Eviction from Dwelling-houses) (Notice Periods) Modification Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/270).

Revised Papers for the meeting 16 September 2020 (1.66MB PDF)

Additional written submissions for the meeting 16 September 2020 (442KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 16 September 2020 (83KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 16 September 2020



15th Meeting, Wednesday 09 September 2020

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Early Expiry of Provisions) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/249); and the Coronavirus (Scotland) Acts (Amendment of Expiry Dates) Regulations 2020 from—

  • Linda Bauld, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health and Centre for Population Health Sciences Co-Director, University of Edinburgh;
  • Sarah Booth, Legal Officer, Scottish Human Rights Commission;
  • Michael Clancy, Director, Law Reform, The Law Society of Scotland;
  • Helen Martin, Deputy General Secretary for Policy, Political Liaison and Equalities, Scottish Trades Union Congress.

Revised Papers for the meeting 9 September 2020 (935 KB pdf)

Minutes of the meeting 9 September 2020 (98.5KB pdf)

Official Report of Meeting 9 September 2020



14th Meeting, Wednesday 02 September 2020

1. Declaration of interests: Donald Cameron and Maurice Corry will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose its Convener.

3. The Coronavirus Acts: Two-Monthly Report and Freedom of Information Report to the Scottish Parliament; and Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Coronavirus Acts: Second Two-Monthly Report and First Freedom of Information Report to the Scottish Parliament; the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/241; and the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment) (No. 12) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/251 from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move—

S5M-22427— That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 11) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/241) be approved;

S5M-22517— That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 12) Regulations (SSI 2020/251) be approved. 

Papers for the meeting 2 September 2020 (282KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 2 September 2020 (109KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 2 September 2020



August 2020

13th Meeting, Thursday 20 August 2020

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Aberdeen City) Regulations 2020: SSI2020/234 from—

  • Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Jeane Freeman,, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to move—

S5M-22422— That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (Aberdeen City) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/234 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to move the following motions on which evidence was taken on 28 July—

S5M-22238— That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Social Care Staff Support Fund (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/188 be approved;

S5M-22299— That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Care Homes Emergency Intervention Orders (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/201 be approved.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No.9) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/232; and the Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 10) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/236 from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government.

5. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move—

S5M-22426— That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 9) Regulations 2020: SSI2020/232 be approved;

S5M-22421— That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 10) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/236 be approved.

6. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move the following motions on which the Committee took evidence on 28 July—

S5M-22419—That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/190 be approved;

S5M-22420—That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 6) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/199 be approved;

S5M-22257—That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 7) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/210 be approved;

S5M-22292—That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 8) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/211 be approved.

Papers for the meeting 20 August 2020 (239KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 20 August 2020 (100KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 20 August 2020



July 2020

12th Meeting, Tuesday 28 July 2020

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Social Care Staff Support Fund (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/188; and the Care Homes Emergency Intervention Orders (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/201 from—

  • Jeane Freeman, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 5) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/190; the Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 6) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/199; the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 7) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/210; and the Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 8) Regulations 2020: SSI 2020/211 from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government.

Papers for the meeting 28 July 2020 (1MB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 28 July 2020 (98KB PDF)

Official Report of meeting 28 July 2020



June 2020

11th Meeting, Wednesday 24 June 2020

1. The Coronavirus Acts: Two Monthly Report to Scottish Parliament and subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Coronavirus Acts: Two Monthly Report to Scottish Parliament and The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/182) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Jenny Brough, Coronavirus Legislation Co-ordination (Reporting) Team, Pamela Wilkinson, Coronavirus Legislation Co-ordination (Reporting) Team, and Rebecca Whyte, Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) Regulations Co-ordination, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, to move—

S5M-22097—That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2020 be approved.

3. Options for easing the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions (in private): The Committee will consider a letter to the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on the evidence received on options for easing the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Papers for the meeting 24 June 2020 (763KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 24 June 2020 (101KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 24 June 2020



10th Meeting, Wednesday 17 June 2020

1. Options for easing the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • Donna Manson, Chief Executive, Highland Council;
  • Clare Slipper, Political Affairs Manager, NFU Scotland;
  • Nick Sharpe, Director of Communications and Strategy, Scottish Renewables;

and then from—

  • Helen Martin, Assistant General Secretary, STUC;
  • David Lonsdale, Director, Scottish Retail Consortium.

Papers for the meeting 17 June 2020 (350KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 17 June 2020 (97KB PDF)

Official Report of meeting 17 June 2020



9th Meeting, Wednesday 10 June 2020

1. Options for easing the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • Dr Gregor Smith, Interim Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Professor David Crossman, Chief Scientist, Health, and Professor Roger Halliday, Chief Statistician and Joint Head of Covid Modelling and Analysis Team, Scottish Government;

and then from—

  • Dr Donald Macaskill, Chief Executive, Scottish Care;
  • Susie Fitton, Policy Officer, Independent Living in Scotland Team, Inclusion Scotland.

Papers for the meeting 10 June 2020 (605KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 10 June 2020 (75KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 10 June 2020



8th Meeting, Wednesday 03 June 2020

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2020 SSI 2020/164 from—

Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move—

S5M-21871—That theCOVID-19 Committee recommends that the Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/164) be approved.

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Papers for the meeting 3 June 2020 (467KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 3 June 2020 (77KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 3 June 2020



May 2020

7th Meeting, Thursday 28 May 2020

1. Covid-19 Framework for Decision Making - Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Scottish Government.

Papers for the meeting 28 May 2020 (1194KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 28 May 2020 (73KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 28 May 2020



6th Meeting, Thursday 21 May 2020

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Release of Prisoners (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 SSI 2020/138 and the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Temporary Modifications) (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 SSI 2020/137 from—

  • Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Graham Robertson, Bill Manager and Head of Release Leader, Community Justice Division, and Craig McGuffie, Principal Legal Officer, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Humza Yousaf, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, to move—

S5M-21738—That the COVID-19 Committee recommends that the Release of Prisoners (Coronavirus) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/138) be approved.

Papers for the meeting 21 May 2020 (304KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 21 May 2020 (77KB PDF)

Official Report of meeting 21 May 2020



5th Meeting, Tuesday 19 May 2020

1. Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

Papers for the meeting 19 May 2020 ( 25KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 19 May 2020 (50KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 19 May 2020



4th Meeting, Tuesday 12 May 2020

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

  • Michael Clancy, Director, Law Reform, and Gillian Mawdsley, Policy Executive, The Law Society of Scotland;

and then from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, and Luke McBratney, Bill Team Leader, Coronavirus (Scotland) Bills, Scottish Government.

3. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence heard at agenda item 2.

Papers for the meeting 12 May 2020 (143KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 12 May 2020 (76KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 12 May 2020



3rd Meeting, Thursday 07 May 2020

1. COVID-19: A Framework for decision-making and options for transitioning out of the current lockdown arrangements: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health, University of Strathclyde;

and then from—

  • Linda Bauld, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health and Centre for Population Health Sciences Co-Director, University of Edinburgh.

Papers for the meeting 7 May 2020 (1407KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 7 May 2020 (10KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 7 May 2020



April 2020

2nd Meeting, Wednesday 29 April 2020

1. COVID-19: A Framework for decision-making: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/126) from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs to move—

S5M-21572—That the Covid-19 Committee recommends that The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions)(Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2020 (SSI 2020/126) be approved.

Papers for the meeting 29 April 2020 (1344KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 29 April 2020 (99KB PDF)

Official Report of Meeting 29 April 2020



1st Meeting, Friday 24 April 2020

1. Declaration of interests: Members of the Committee will be invited to declare
any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose its Convener.

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose its Deputy Convener.

4. Covid-19 Scottish Government response: The Committee will take evidence from—

  • Michael Russell, Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Papers for the meeting 24 April 2020 (1085KB PDF)

Minutes of the meeting 24 April 2020 (104KB PDF)

Official Report of meeting 24 April 2020







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