COVID-19 Inquiry

We have established a public inquiry to examine the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. Find out more.


This engagement was used to help shape the terms of reference for the inquiry, and concluded on 30 September 2021. The report of this engagement has been published .

We are keen to hear a wide range of views on the Aims and principles paper – not to take evidence on behalf of the inquiry but instead to seek views on our approach to setting up the inquiry.

You may wish to consider the following questions: 

  • what do you think the inquiry should cover?
  • what do you think the inquiry should not cover? 
  • is there any type of evidence that you think is essential for the inquiry to obtain? 
  • what should happen to ensure the inquiry is completed as quickly as reasonable thoroughness permits?
  • how should the inquiry report its progress?
  • should there be interim reports? If so, what should the inquiry deal with in interim reports?
  • should the inquiry be required to make recommendations? 
  • what should be done to ensure everyone learns from the inquiry? 
  • how should the inquiry be designed so that it takes a person-centred, human rights-based approach to its work? For example, do you have views on inclusiveness and accessibility of venues and information? 
  • what help and support could be made available for those participating in the inquiry? 
  • do you have views on whether there should be a panel of members and/or assessors, in addition to the inquiry chair? 
  • do you have any other comments about the design of the COVID-19 Public Inquiry? 

Analytical colleagues from the Scottish Government will develop a report in order to capture input. The analysis will be conducted by analysts in line with our Social Research Code and core values of integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.


Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry website.

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