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Coronavirus: Wales

Wales Office written question – answered on 18th May 2020.

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Photo of David Jones David Jones Conservative, Clwyd West

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with ministers in the Welsh Government on ensuring clarity for the public on the covid-19 restrictions applicable in (a) Wales and (b) England.

Photo of David Jones David Jones Conservative, Clwyd West

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with ministers in the Welsh Government on consistency in the covid-19 restrictions applicable in Wales and England.

Photo of Simon Hart Simon Hart The Secretary of State for Wales

There have been unprecedented levels of engagement between the UK Government and the devolved administrations in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, at present numbering over 100 such engagements. The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State and I have regular discussions with the First Minister and his ministerial team including through COBR(M) and the Ministerial Implementation Groups. I have set out a schedule of the Ministerial engagement between my Office and the Welsh Government since the start of the crisis.

All four UK administrations are committed to the UK-wide approach to tackling Covid-19. The overall approach in responding to the pandemic remains aligned across the UK, with each government able to modify that approach to reflect the needs of each nations.

There are some limited differences in the restrictions that apply between Wales and England. These are mainly at the margins of our common approach. It is important that the rationale for any differences is founded on evidence and is clearly explained to people on both sides of the border.

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