FM nominates his Cabinet
The proposed structure and membership of the new government's Cabinet has been announced subject to confirmation by Parliament.
There are to be six Cabinet Secretaries, including First Minister Alex Salmond, 10 Ministers and two Law Officers - a total of 18 compared to a total of 20 for the previous administration.
FIRST MINISTER - Alex Salmond MSP
Head of the devolved Scottish government: responsible for development, implementation and presentation of Government policy, constitutional affairs, and for promoting and representing Scotland.
Minister for Parliamentary Business - Bruce Crawford MSP
Parliamentary affairs and the management of Government business in the Parliament.
Minister for Europe , External Affairs and Culture - Linda Fabiani MSP
Europe, external affairs, culture and the arts, architecture, built heritage, Historic Scotland and lottery funding, major events strategy, Gaelic.
CABINET SECRETARY FOR FINANCE AND SUSTAINABLE GROWTH - John Swinney MSP
The economy, the Scottish Budget, public service reform, de-regulation, local government, public service delivery, cities and community planning, GRO, ROS, relocation, e-government, SPPA, procurement, budgetary monitoring, business and industry including Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise' trade and inward investment, corporate social responsibility, voluntary sector and the social economy, community business and co-operative development, European Structural Funds, energy, tourism, land use planning system, climate change, building standards, transport policy and delivery, public transport, road, rail services, air and ferry services, Scottish Water.
Minister for Enterprise , Energy and Tourism - Jim Mather MSP
Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change - Stewart Stevenson MSP
CABINET SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING - Fiona Hyslop MSP
Further and higher education, science and lifelong learning, school education, training and skills, HM Inspectorate of Education and the Scottish Qualifications Authority, nurseries and childcare, children's services, children's hearings, social work and HM Social Work Inspectorate.
Minister for Schools and Skills - Maureen Watt MSP
Minister for Children and Early Years - Adam Ingram MSP
CABINET SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELLBEING - Nicola Sturgeon MSP
NHS, health service reform, allied healthcare services, acute and primary services, performance, quality and improvement framework, health promotion, sport, public health, health improvement, pharmaceutical services, food safety and dentistry, community care, older people, mental health, learning disability, substance misuse, social inclusion, equalities, anti-poverty measures, housing and regeneration.
Minister for Public Health - Shona Robison MSP
Minister for Communities and Sport - Stewart Maxwell MSP
CABINET SECRETARY FOR JUSTICE - Kenny MacAskill MSP
Criminal law and procedure, youth justice, criminal justice social work, police, prisons and sentencing policy, legal aid, legal profession, courts and law reform, anti-social behaviour, sectarianism, human rights, fire and rescue services, community safety, civil contingencies, drugs policy and related matters, liquor licensing, vulnerable witnesses, victim support and civil law, charity law, religious and faith organisations.
Minister for Community Safety - Fergus Ewing MSP
CABINET SECRETARY FOR RURAL AFFAIRS AND THE ENVIRONMENT - Richard Lochhead MSP
Agriculture, fisheries and rural development including aquaculture and forestry, environment and natural heritage, land reform, water quality regulation and sustainable development.
Minister for Environment - Michael Russell MSP