Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, often referred to as the Scotland Office, is a UK government department headed by the Secretary of State for Scotland and responsible for Scottish affairs within the British Government. Its role combines with that of the Ministry of Justice in HM Government.
|Type||Department of HM Government|
|Annual budget||£8 million for 2011–12|
|Parent department||Ministry of Justice|
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The office is responsible for the representation of Scotland and Scottish affairs in HM Government, facilitating the smooth operation of devolution, liaising between the UK Government and the Scottish Government at Edinburgh and the administering of certain reserved matters of government relating to Scotland.
Until the advent of the Scottish Parliament and the devolved Scottish Government, the Scottish Office (the precursor to the Scotland Office) was a major UK government department dealing with most aspects of the domestic governance of Scotland, a position known as "administrative devolution". Since devolution its powers are limited to those relating to reserved matters that are not dealt with by other departments of HM Government and it, along with the Wales Office, was then absorbed into the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA), which in turn became the Ministry of Justice. The Secretary of State for Scotland also holds certain powers of oversight over the operation of the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Act 1998.
On 21 October 2015, the Scotland Office re-branded their Facebook profile to 'UK Government for Scotland.' The Scotland Office Twitter handle changed to @UKGovScotland at the same time.
|The Rt Hon. Alister Jack MP||Secretary of State||Overall responsibility; custodian of the Scottish devolution settlement; represent Scottish interests within the UK Government; advocate for the UK Government’s policies in Scotland; promote partnership between the UK Government and the Scottish Government, as well as relations between the UK and Scottish Parliaments.|
|Iain Stewart MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State||Strengthening the Union; Energy, including: oil and gas, renewables; Business and economy, including: agriculture and fisheries, food and drink, manufacturing, retail and tourism, financial services; Investment and infrastructure, including: City Region and Growth Deals, Industrial Strategy, digital and connectivity, transport and aviation; Higher education and academia; Security and defence; Sport.|
|David Duguid MP||Parliamentary Under Secretary of State||TBC|
- Alistair Darling (2003–2006), also Secretary of State for Transport;
- Douglas Alexander (2006–2007), also Secretary of State for Transport; and
- Des Browne (2007–2008), also Secretary of State for Defence.
Michael Crockart (a Liberal Democrat MP) resigned his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State on 9 December 2010 over the United Kingdom Government's plan for an increase in tuition fees.
- 1999–2002: Ian William Gordon (as Head of Department)
- 2002–2005: David Jonathan Crawley (as Head of Department)
- 2005–2007: James Richmond Wildgoose (as Head of Department)
- 2007–2009: David Fraser Middleton (as Head of Department; later CBE)
- 2009–2012: Alisdair Douglas McIntosh
- 2012–2015: Alun Trevor Bernard Evans, CBE
- 2015–2017: Francesca Osowska
- 2017–present: Gillian McGregor, CBE
- The Scottish Secretaries, David Torrance. (Birlinn 2006)
- Spending Review 2010 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2010. p. 88. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2011.
- "About". Scotland Office.
- "Our ministers". GOV.UK. Retrieved 1 August 2019.
- The dates and names are taken from their entries in Who's Who.