Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment
|This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of
The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment is a position in the Scottish Government cabinet responsible for the Environment and Rural Affairs department. The Cabinet Secretary responsibilities include agriculture, fisheries, environment as well as land reform and sustainable development. The current Cabinet Secretary is Richard Lochhead who is assisted by the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse.
The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Rural Affairs it was renamed as the Minister for Rural Development in 2000 and again in 2001 as the Minister for the Environment and Rural Development, the current position of Cabinet Secretary was created following the 2007 election.
List of office holders
Minister for Rural Affairs
|Name||Portrait||Entered office||Left office||Party||First Minister|
|Ross Finnie||19 May 1999||26 October 2000||Liberal Democrats||Donald Dewar|
Minister for Rural Development
|Ross Finnie||26 October 2000||22 November 2001||Liberal Democrats||Henry McLeish|
Minister for the Environment and Rural Development
|Ross Finnie||22 November 2001||16 May 2007||Liberal Democrats||Jack McConnell|
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment
|Richard Lochhead||16 May 2007||Incumbent||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|