How government works
The devolved government for Scotland has a range of responsibilities which include: health, education, justice and the environment. Some powers are reserved to the UK government and include: immigration, the constitution, foreign policy and defence.
Who runs the Scottish Government
After a Scottish Parliamentary election, a First Minister is formally nominated by the Scottish Parliament and appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister then appoints the Scottish Ministers to make up his Cabinet with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament and the approval of the Queen.
The First Minister leads the Scottish Government, with the support of the Scottish Cabinet and Ministers.
The Scottish Parliament
The Scottish Parliament comprises all elected Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) and is the law making body for devolved matters. It considers proposed legislation and scrutinises the activities and policies of the Scottish Government through debates, parliamentary questions and the work of committees.