UK Covid inquiry witness support: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Information requested

Can you release any information about support for witnesses appearing at the UK COVID inquiry?

1. Was external assistance brought in to help prepare the witnesses?

2. If so, can you say and how long they spent with each witness supported?

3. Was any SG support offered to non or ex SG staff or former ministers?

4. Was any external support offered to non or ex SG staff or former ministers?


Yes, we have included our response to your request below:

1. External assistance to support witnesses was provided. The Scottish Government Legal Directorate (“SGLD”) SGLD out-sourced part of its work of providing support to witnesses to Morton Fraser MacRoberts.

Details of the time spent by Morton Fraser MacRoberts with each witness are given below:



Ken Thomson

1 hour 30 mins

Jason Leitch

2 hours 30 mins

Audrey MacDougall

1 hour 30 mins

Jeane Freeman

1 hour 30 mins

Gregor Smith

1 hour 30 mins

3. Scottish Government support was offered to non or ex Scottish Government staff and former ministers appearing at the UK Covid Inquiry by the Scottish Government Covid Inquiries Response Directorate and SGLD.

4. External support was offered to non or ex SG staff or former ministers by Morton Fraser MacRoberts where such support was outsourced by SGLD.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
Regent Road

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