Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform

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The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform is a Junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the Minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet unless his/her Cabinet Secretary is absent. 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 Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet. The Minister for Environment and Climate Change and Land Reform takes the lead role in environment and natural heritage, crofting, forestry, aquaculture, sport fishing, land reform, access, water quality regulation, sustainable development and climate change.[1]

History[edit]

In the first Dewar Government, the environment brief was the responsibility of the Minister for Transport and Environment and the Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Land Reform, changing to the Minister of the Environment, Sport and Culture and the Deputy Minister for Rural Development from 2000 to 2001. From 2001 and 2007, environment was combined with the rural affairs brief for the Minister for the Environment and Rural Development, with the associated deputy post of Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development. The Salmond government, elected following the Scottish Parliament election, 2007, created the junior post of the Minister for Environment who assists the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment, in the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department. In 2010, Climate Change was added to the Environment portfolio becoming Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

List of office holders[edit]

The Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform is Aileen McLeod MSP.[2]

Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Land Reform[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. John Home Robertson 19 May 1999 2 November 2000 Labour

Deputy Minister for Rural Development[edit]

2. Rhona Brankin 2 November 2000 29 November 2001 Labour

Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development[edit]

3. Allan Wilson 29 November 2001 1 October 2004 Labour
4. Lewis Macdonald 1 October 2004 27 June 2005 Labour
5. Rhona Brankin 27 June 2005 14 November 2006 Labour
6. Sarah Boyack 14 November 2006 17 May 2007 Labour

Minister for Environment[edit]

7. Michael Russell 17 May 2007 12 February 2009 Scottish National Party
8. Roseanna Cunningham 12 February 2009 11 December 2010 Scottish National Party

Minister for Environment and Climate Change[edit]

9. Roseanna Cunningham 11 December 2010 24 May 2011 Scottish National Party
10. Stewart Stevenson 25 May 2011 6 September 2012 Scottish National Party
11. Paul Wheelhouse 6 September 2012 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party

Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform[edit]

12. Aileen McLeod 21 November 2014 Incumbent Scottish National Party

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Scottish Executive - Scottish Cabinet and Ministers". Scottish Executive. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  2. ^ "Scottish cabinet reshuffle". BBC News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 

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