The cross-party committee will be responsible for scrutinising the Scottish and UK government and other bodies’ response to the crisis and will question Government Ministers and experts. It will consider further emergency legislation brought forward by both governments and will have the power to investigate and make recommendations on areas of their choosing.
Ross, who will be the only MSP from the West of Scotland on the committee, said: “The essential work of Parliament is still going on, to the greatest extent possible. Every day MSPs are helping thousands of constituents, with issues caused by the virus and with the many other challenges people face.
“This committee will provide focussed scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s response to the crisis but we’ll also be carefully examining the actions of the UK Government and local councils on behalf of our constituents and taking evidence from independent experts to guide our work.
“Whilst this will focus on the Scottish Government’s strategy for exiting the lockdown and the next phase of the response, other committees already have work underway on issues like this year’s alternative solution to cancelled school exams and economic support for firms. Anyone who has a concern about our response to the crisis can get me at [email protected]”