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Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN HL3226, tabled on 21 April 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the names of the members of the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies that have been providing them with advice on the COVID-19 pandemic; whether they intend to publish the minutes of the meetings of that Group since 14 January; and if so, where they intend to publish those minutes.

Answered on

5 May 2020

SAGE is not a membership body. HMG has not published the names of SAGE participants in line with advice from the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure and standard procedure for COBR meetings, to which SAGE gives advice.

HMG will be publishing the names of those participants, who give their consent to this, in the coming days. This will allow for transparency on who is contributing to the science advice being given to the Government.

In line with its usual approach, HMG will publish the minutes of relevant SAGE meetings once SAGE stops convening on this emergency. In addition, the evidence which has been used to inform SAGE advice will be published in the coming weeks where appropriate. Papers relating to SAGE will be published on the website.