Office of the First Minister

Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP

First Minister

Alex Salmond MSP
Responsibilities:
  

Head of the Scottish Government; responsible for development, implementation & presentation of Government policy, constitutional affairs and promoting and representing Scotland.

Biography

Joe FitzPatrick MSPMinister for Parliamentary Business

Joe FitzPatrick MSP

Responsibilities: Parliamentary Reform, Group matters, liaison between the Group and Ministers. Reporting to both First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

Biography

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Infrastructure, Investment and Cities

Nicola Sturgeon MSPDeputy First Minister (Government strategy and the Constitution) and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities

Nicola Sturgeon MSP
Responsibilities:
 Infrastructure & capital investment, transport, housing, Scottish Water, procurement, European Structural Funds, Scottish Futures Trust, cities strategy, welfare reform. Government strategy & co-ordinating policy delivery across portfolios. Constitution policy, including preparations for the Referendum, UK relations, Freedom of Information

Biography
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Keith Brown MSP
Minister for Transport and Veterans

Keith Brown MSP

Responsibilities:  Transport Policy, Transport
Delivery, Public Transport, Roads, Rail Services, Air and Ferry Services, Veterans

Biography
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Margaret Burgess MSPMinister for Housing and Welfare

Margaret Burgess MSP

Responsibilities: Housing, communities, anti-poverty measures and welfare

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Health & Wellbeing

Alex Neil MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing

Alex Neil MSP
Responsibilties:
NHS, Health Service Reform, Allied Healthcare Services, Acute and Primary Services, Performance, Quality Strategy, Patient Safety, National Service Planning, NHS Workforce, NHS Pay.

Biography
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Michael Matheson MSPMinister for Public Health

Michael Matheson MSP

Responsibilities: Public Health, Health Protection,
Dentistry, Healthy Working Lives, Sexual Health,
Child & Maternal Health, Medical Records, Adult Care & Support, Problem Alcohol use and recovery, Social Inclusion and Historic Abuse

Biography

Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights

Shona Robison MSPCabinet Secretary for Commonwealth Games, Sport, Equalities and Pensioners' Rights

Shona Robison MSP

Responsibilities: Sport including the Commonwealth Games, Equalities including disabilities and Cross government co-ordination of pensioners' rights, including pensioners' welfare     

Biography

Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

John Swinney MSPCabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

John Swinney MSP
Responsibilities:
  Economy, Employment, Scottish Budget, Budgetary Monitoring, Public Sector Pay Policy, Pensions Agency (SPPA), Public Service Reform and Delivery, Efficient Government, Simplification of the Public Sector Landscape/Public Bodies/Scrutiny, , Community Business and Co-operative Development, Third Sector and Social Economy, Relocation

Biography

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Fergus Ewing MSPMinister for Energy, Enterprise
and Tourism

Fergus Ewing MSP

 

Responsibilities:  Energy & Energy Consents, Voluntary Sector & Social Economy, Accountant & bankruptcy, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Trade & Inward Investment (inc. SDI), Business & Industry inc manufacturing , Registers of Scotland

Biography

Derek Mackay MSPMinister for Local Government
and Planning

Derek Mackay MSP
 

 

Responsibilities: Local Government, Community Planning, Business Improvement Districts, Elections, Planning, Building Standards

                                  

Biography

 

Education and Lifelong Learning

Michael Russell MSPCabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Michael Russell MSP
Responsibilities:
 Teacher and school workforce issues, School infrastructure - building programme and technology, School closures, Further and Higher Education, The Scottish Funding Council, Educational attainment, Performance improvement and reform of education

Biography

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Aileen Campbell MSPMinister for Children and
Young People

Aileen Campbell MSP

Responsibilities:  Social Services workforce, Early Years/Early Intervention, Children’s rights and services and Getting it Right for Every Child, Youth work, Protection of Vulnerable Groups, Child protection, adoption and fostering,  Looked after Children and Children’s Hearings

 Biography

Dr Alasdair Allan MSPMinister for Learning, Science and
Scotland's Languages

Dr Alasdair Allan MSP

 

Responsibilities:  Gaelic and Scots, Modern Languages and Scottish Studies, Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency,
Scottish Qualifications Authority, Behaviour, Bullying,
Skills Strategy, Non-advanced vocational skills                                           

Biography

 

Training, Youth and Women’s Employment

Angela Constance MSPCabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment

Angela Constance MSP

Responsibilities:   Youth employment, Women’s employment and Employment training; including implementation of the Wood Commission and Skills Development Scotland

Biography

Justice

Kenny MacAskill MSPCabinet Secretary for Justice

Kenny MacAskill MSP
Responsibilities
:  Police, Football legislation and Joint Action Group, Prisons and sentencing policy, Reducing reoffending, Victims and witnesses, Life sentence prisoner casework, Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminal justice social work and system reform, Legal Aid and Legal Profession, Youth justice, Liquor Licensing, Resilience

Biography

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Roseanna Cunningham MSPMinister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

Roseanna Cunningham MSP

Responsibilities:  Community safety and anti-social behaviour, Sectarianism, Violence, Human rights, Drugs, Drugs Policy, Civil law, Fire and rescue, Religious and faith organisations

Biography

 

Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment

Richard Lochhead MSPCabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment

Richard Lochhead MSP
Responsibilities
: Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Environment and Natural Heritage, , sustainable development, Food and Drink

 Biography

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Paul Wheelhouse MSPMinister for Environment and Climate Change

Paul Wheelhouse MSP
Responsibilities:   Forestry Commission Scotland, Biodiversity, Crofting, National Parks and Environmental Justice, Flooding, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Aquaculture, Land Reform, Water quality regulation

Biography

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Culture and External Affairs

Fiona Hyslop MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

Fiona Hyslop MSP
Responsibilities:
 Europe, external affairs, culture, and the arts, Historic Scotland, broadcasting, architecture, built heritage, , National Records of Scotland, major events strategy and Digital Participation.


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Humza Yousaf MSPMinister for External Affairs and International Development

Humza Yousaf MSP

Responsibilities: External Affairs; International development; Fair Trade policy; Diaspora

Biography

Lord Advocate

Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland

Lord Advocate

Frank Mulholland
Biography

Solicitor General

Solicitor General Lesley ThomsonSolicitor General

Lesley Thomson
Biography