Covid-19: Devolved Administrations

Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons on 4th May 2020.

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Photo of Virginia Crosbie Virginia Crosbie Conservative, Ynys Môn

What steps he is taking to ensure that there is a co-ordinated response to the covid-19 outbreak with the devolved Administrations.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

We have established a Cabinet Committee structure to deal with the health, economic, public sector and international aspects of the covid-19 outbreak on behalf of the whole of the UK. Ministers from the devolved Administrations are regularly invited to participate in those discussions, and do so, in order to ensure the highest level of co-ordination and effective working to tackle this crisis on a UK-wide basis.

Photo of Virginia Crosbie Virginia Crosbie Conservative, Ynys Môn

I thank the Minister for her response. Can she assure me that the level of co-operation will continue to ensure that north Wales and Ynys Môn are equipped with enough PPE provision for our struggling care homes and vital testing centres? Can she also assure me that there will be a UK-wide approach to the easing of restrictions, and an application of the five tests?

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

I hope I can give my hon. Friend such reassurance. I am particularly grateful to the devolved Administrations, and in this case the Welsh Government, for their co-operation, and we will continue to work with them in responding to the pandemic. That is in the interests of all our citizens. We respect the competence of the devolved Administrations in issues such as health and, where appropriate, we will seek a four-nations approach.