Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Flag of Scotland.svg
This article is part of a series on the
politics and government of

The Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs is a Junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the minister does not attend[1] the Scottish Cabinet. The post was created in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration and the minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet.

The Minister for Community Safety has specific responsibility for anti-social behaviour, sectarianism, human rights and fire and rescue services.[2] Community safety, civil contingencies, drugs policy and related matters, liquor licensing, vulnerable witnesses, victim support and civil law, charity law, religious and faith organisations are other matters for which the minister has responsibility.[2]


From 1999 to 2007 responsibility for Community Safety rested with the Minister for Justice and the Deputy Minister for Justice. The Salmond government, elected following the 2007 Scottish Parliament election created the junior post of the Minister for Community Safety who assists the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, in the Scottish Executive Justice Department. After the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the post was renamed Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs and was given additional responsibilities for tackling sectarianism.

List of office holders[edit]

The current Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs is Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

Deputy Minister for Justice[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Party First Minister
Angus MacKay Angus MacKay.jpg 19 May 1999 2 November 2000 Labour Donald Dewar
Iain Gray Iain Gray.jpg 2 November 2000 28 November 2001 Labour Henry McLeish
Richard Simpson Richard Simpson.jpg 28 November 2001 26 November 2002 Labour Jack McConnell
Hugh Henry Hugh Henry.jpg 28 November 2002 14 November 2006 Labour
Johann Lamont JohannLamontMSPgreenjacket.jpg 16 November 2006 17 May 2007 Labour

Minister for Community Safety[edit]

Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety (2).jpg 17 May 2007 20 May 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs[edit]

Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham, Minister for Environment (1).jpg 20 May 2011 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Paul Wheelhouse PaulWheelhouseMSP20110507.JPG 21 November 2014 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scotland Act (1998), Only those appointed under Section 47 of the Scotland Act "attend" Cabinet. Junior ministers are appointed under Section 49 and may be "present".
  2. ^ a b "Ministerial responsibilities: Justice portfolio". Scottish Government. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 

External links[edit]