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S5W-28727: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 April 2020

To ask the Scottish Government how many COBRA meetings have taken place in (a) 2019 and (b) 2020 to which the First Minister was invited and (i) attended and (ii) did not attend and on what dates these took place.

Answered by: John Swinney 12 May 2020

We have no record of invitations to any COBR meetings in 2019.

The Scottish Government can only comment on COBR meetings we are made aware of by the UK Government.

In 2020, as of 30 April, Scottish Government ministers have been invited to take part in 16 ministerial COBR meetings. The First Minister attended ten of these – from 2 March, and has attended every meeting held since 4 March. On other occasions, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and the Minister for Mental Health attended to represent the Scottish Government. I have also attended some of the meetings set out below.

COBR meetings we are aware of took place on

Friday 24 January

Wednesday 29 January

Wednesday 5 February

Tuesday 18 February

Wednesday 26 February

Monday 2 March

Wednesday 4 March

Monday 9 March

Wednesday 11 march

Thursday 12 March

Monday 16 March

Wednesday 18 March

Friday 20 March

Monday 23 March

Thursday 9 April

Thursday 16 April