Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 15th December 2020.

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The First Minister:

We are observing the pilot projects in England closely and will consider the results from them. I believe that today is the first day of that work being done in England. Early reports that I have seen today suggest that there are significant issues attached to test to release that might need further work to resolve. We will look carefully at that.

In addition, we have been in dialogue with our commercial airports on their proposals for test to release in relation to international travel. We will decide shortly whether we are reassured enough that test to release can be implemented in a way that sufficiently minimises risk.

All along, our decisions on testing and quarantine have been informed by clinical and scientific advice, with a view to minimising the risk to public health. That will continue to be the case.