News

Listen

First Minister Announces New Ministerial Team

29/10/2000

First Minister Henry McLeish today unveiled a new Ministerial team "full of talent". The First Minister said he was glad that "housekeeping matters" had now been dealt with and the new team could get behind their desks tomorrow to start working for the people of Scotland.

Mr McLeish has promoted Jackie Baillie and Angus MacKay into the Cabinet and moved Wendy Alexander, Jack McConnell and Sam Galbraith to new Cabinet posts.

The names of those Mr McLeish wishes to serve in his Cabinet are:

  • First Minister - Henry McLeish
  • Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice - Jim Wallace
  • Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs - Jack McConnell
  • Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning - Wendy Alexander
  • Minister for Environment - Sam Galbraith
  • Minister for Finance and Local Government - Angus MacKay
  • Minister for Health and Community Care - Susan Deacon
  • Minister for Parliament - Tom McCabe
  • Minister for Rural Development - Ross Finnie
  • Minister for Social Justice - Jackie Baillie
  • Minister for Transport - Sarah Boyack

The Law Officers will remain:

  • Lord Advocate - Colin Boyd
  • Solicitor General - Neil Davidson

The First Minister will nominate four new people to the Scottish Parliament to join the Executive as Deputy Ministers. Malcolm Chisholm, Margaret Curran, Tavish Scott and Allan Wilson all join the new Ministerial team.

The full list of Deputy Ministers is as follows:

  • Deputy Minister for Justice - Iain Gray
  • Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs - Nicol Stephen
  • Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Lifelong Learning and Gaelic - Alasdair Morrison
  • Deputy Minister for Sport and Culture - Allan Wilson
  • Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government - Peter Peacock
  • Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care - Malcolm Chisholm
  • Deputy Minister for Rural Development - Rhona Brankin
  • Deputy Minister for Parliament - Tavish Scott
  • Deputy Minister for Social Justice - Margaret Curran

Henry McLeish said:

"The new Ministerial team is one that is full of talent. They will work tirelessly for the people of Scotland. I have brought together a team that has experience, energy and a determination to fight for social justice.

"I am glad that we have now dealt with all of the housekeeping matters. The events of the past week are a vital part of the democratic process in Scotland. The election by the Parliament, the warrant from Her Majesty and the swearing in at the Court of Session are what vest powers in the First Minister. Those powers must now be used to good effect and they will be. Ministers will get behind their desks tomorrow and we will all get down to work.

"I would like to thank those who are leaving the Executive for their contribution over the past 18 months. They were part of the first ever Scottish Executive administration and that is something they should be immensely proud of."

BACKGROUND

The promotion of Angus Mackay and Jackie Baillie to be Scottish Ministers and the appointment of the four new Deputy Ministers will be subject to Parliamentary approval and the approval of Her Majesty.

Ministerial Title

Minister

Coverage

First Minister

First Minister

Henry McLeish MSP

Head of the Scottish Executive. With the Deputy First Minister, responsible for the development, implementation and presentation of Scottish Executive policies.

Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice

Deputy First Minister and Minister for Justice

Jim Wallace QC MSP

With the First Minister, responsible for the development, implementation and presentation of Scottish Executive policies. Responsible for Home Affairs, including civil law and criminal justice, criminal justice social work services, police, fire, prisons and courts, law reform, land reform policy and freedom of information.

Deputy Minister for Justice

Iain Gray MSP

Deputy to the Minister for Justice with special responsibility for land reform and co-ordination of Executive policy in relation to drugs.

Education and External

Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs

Jack McConnell MSP

Responsible for pre-school and school education, children and young people. Supports the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in external relations, especially development and implementation of links with Europe.

Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs

Nicol Stephen MSP

Deputy to the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs.


Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

Minister for

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

Wendy Alexander MSP

Responsible for the Economy, Business and Industry including Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, tourism, trade and inward investment, further and higher education, the science base and e-commerce, Digital Scotland, lifelong learning, training and the delivery of the new deal.

Deputy Minister for

Enterprise and Lifelong Learning and Gaelic

Alasdair Morrison MSP

Deputy to the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning with responsibility for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the University of the Highlands and Islands, tourism and Gaelic.

Environment

Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture

Sam Galbraith MSP

Responsible for the environment, water, natural heritage, sustainable development, strategic environmental assessments, the land-use planning system, sport, culture and the arts, the built heritage, architecture, Historic Scotland and lottery funding.

Deputy Minister for Sport and Culture

Allan Wilson MSP

Responsible for sport, culture and the arts, the built heritage, architecture, Historic Scotland and lottery funding.

Finance and Local Government

Minister for Finance and Local Government

Angus MacKay MSP

Responsible for the Scottish Budget, European structural funds, local government (including finance), 21 st Century Government encompassing e-government, Modernising Government and Civil Service Reform. Supports the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in oversight of the Executive's central functions.

Deputy Minister for Finance and Local Government

Peter Peacock MSP

Deputy to the Minister for Finance and Local Government.

Health

Minister for Health and Community Care

Susan Deacon MSP

Responsible for health policy, the National Health Service in Scotland, community care, and food safety.

Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care

Malcolm Chisholm

MSP

Deputy to the Minister for Health and Community Care.

Parliament

Minister for Parliament

Tom McCabe MSP

Responsible for Parliamentary Affairs and the management of Executive business in the Parliament and Parliamentary Liaison. Supports the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister in the co-ordination of Executive policy, management of cross-cutting priorities and overseeing strategic communications.

Deputy Minister for Parliament

Tavish Scott MSP

Deputy to the Minister for Parliament. Particular responsibility for the Parliamentary handling of the legislative programme and management of cross-cutting priorities. Liberal Democrat Business Manager

Rural Development

Minister for Rural Development

Ross Finnie MSP

Responsible for policy in relation to rural development including agriculture, fisheries and forestry.

Deputy Minister for Rural Development

Rhona Brankin MSP

Deputy to the Minister for Rural Development.

Social Justice

Minister for Social Justice

Jackie Baillie MSP

Responsible for social inclusion and housing, equality issues and the voluntary sector.

Deputy Minister for Social Justice

Margaret Curran MSP

Deputy to the Minister for Social Justice.

Transport

Minister for Transport

Sarah Boyack MSP

Responsible for roads and transport.



News Release: SE2783/2000
29 Oct 2000