Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

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The Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, sometimes referred to as the Scottish foreign minister,[1] is a cabinet post in the Scottish Government since after the 2011 Scottish Parliament election, having been a Junior Ministerial post before then.[2] The post was created in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration and forms part of the Office of the First Minister. The Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture has responsibility for the relations between the Scottish Government and European Institutions and other international affairs. Culture including the arts and architecture as well as lottery funding form part of this portfolio.[3] Ministerial responsibilities also include Historic Scotland, Scotland's Built Heritage, Gaelic and the Scottish Governments' major events strategy.[3]

History[edit]

The Europe and External Affairs brief was instituted in 2000 and combined with Education as the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs which was a Cabinet position in the McLeish Government. After 2001 the Europe and External Affairs Brief was abolished as a ministerial position. From 1999 to 2001, the Culture brief was a junior post in the Scottish Government as Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport. It was made into a Cabinet position as Minister for Culture and Sport in the First McConnell government from 2001 - 2003. The Second McConnell government from 2003 - 2007 combined the Culture and Sport brief with Tourism to form a Cabinet post in the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Culture was combined with External Affairs and Europe, to form a junior ministerial position, in the Salmond government following the Scottish Parliament election, 2007. In February 2009 the role was expanded to deal with constitutional issues this additional role was later removed in December 2009 following the publication of the National Conversation and with the appointment of Fiona Hyslop to the role.[4]

List of office holders[edit]

The post of Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture was created after the SNP's victory in the Scottish Parliament election, 2007. The post remained filled until after the Scottish Parliament election, 2011 when the responsibilities of the post were transferred to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

Cabinet position[edit]

Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs[edit]

Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Jack McConnell 1 November 2000 22 November 2001 Labour Party Henry McLeish Sam Galbraith 1 November 2000 20 March 2001 Labour Party Henry McLeish

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport[edit]

Mike Watson 28 November 2001 28 November 2002 Labour Party Jack McConnell
Elaine Murray 28 November 2002 21 May 2003 Labour Party Jack McConnell
Frank McAveety 21 May 2003 4 October 2004 Labour Party Jack McConnell
Patricia Ferguson 4 October 2004 19 February 2007 Labour Party Jack McConnell

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs[edit]

Fiona Hyslop 19 May 2011 incumbent Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Junior Minister[edit]

Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport[edit]

Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Rhona Brankin 19 May 1999 1 November 2000 Scottish Labour Party Donald Dewar

Deputy Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture[edit]

Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Allan Wilson 1 November 2000 8 March 2001 Scottish Labour Party Henry McLeish Nicol Stephen 1 November 2000 28 November 2001 Scottish Liberal Democrats Henry McLeish

Deputy Minister for Sport, the Arts and Culture[edit]

Allan Wilson 8 March 2001 28 November 2001 Scottish Labour Party Henry McLeish
Elaine Murray 28 November 2001 28 November 2002 Labour Party Jack McConnell

Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture[edit]

Linda Fabiani 17 May 2007 10 February 2009 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution[edit]

Michael Russell 10 February 2009 1 December 2009 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Culture and External Affairs[edit]

Fiona Hyslop 1 December 2009 19 May 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for External Affairs and International Development[edit]

Humza Yousaf 5 September 2012 incumbent Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Simon (10 September 2011). "SNP urged to publish secret legal advice on separate Scotland EU membership". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 10 September 2011. 
  2. ^ 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".
  3. ^ a b "Scottish Executive - Scottish Cabinet and Ministers". Scottish Government. Retrieved 2007-07-25. 
  4. ^ "Demoted minister backs successor". BBC News. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2010. 

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