Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism

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The Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism 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 Finance, Constitution and Economy, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet.

The Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism has specific responsibility for business and industry in Scotland, including the economic development agencies of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.[2] Other responsibilities include trade and inward investment, corporate social responsibility, the voluntary sector and the social economy.[2] Ministerial responsibilities also include Community business and corporate development, European Structural Funds, energy, including renewable energy, and tourism.[2]


The current Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism is Fergus Ewing MSP.[3]

Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. Jim Mather 17 May 2007 20 May 2011 Scottish National Party
2. Fergus Ewing 20 May 2011 Incumbent Scottish National Party


From 1999 to 2007, enterprise and energy were the responsibility of the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning. The Second McConnell government from 2003 to 2007 instituted Tourism as a portfolio, combined with Culture and Sport, as the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. The Salmond government, elected following the Scottish Parliament election, 2007 created the junior post of Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism by combining the roles. In November 2014 his post became the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, as part of the Sturgeon Government.


  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 c "Scottish Executive - Scottish Cabinet and Ministers". Scottish Executive. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  3. ^ "Salmond sworn in as First Minister". The Guardian. 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 

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