Minister for Parliamentary Business and Chief Whip

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Minister for Parliamentary Business
Appointer First Minister of Scotland
Website www.scotland.gov.uk
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The Minister for Parliamentary Business is a junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government whose job it is to steer government business through the Scottish Parliament. It is currently held by Joe FitzPatrick of the Scottish National Party.

History of the office[edit]

The post was originally created in May 1999 as Chief Whip and Government Business Manager as a cabinet position in the Labour Liberal Scottish Executive along with the junior Deputy Business Manager, both positions where renamed after a few weeks to the Minister for Parliament and Deputy Minister for Parliament respectively. The posts where renamed again in November 2001 to Minister for Parliamentary Business and Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business following the election of Jack McConnell as First Minister.[1] The a cabinet post was downgrade to that of a junior minister reporting to the First Minister following the election of an SNP minority government in May 2007.[2] The post remained a junior one until the May 2011 general election after which a new cabinet post of Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy was established with the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Chief Whip reporting to it,[3] this set up remained in place until a government reshuffle in September 2012 saw the cabinet post abolished with responsibility of Government Strategy being given to the Deputy First Minister.[4] and the post of Minister for Parliamentary Business being re-established reporting to both First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

List of office holders[edit]

Cabinet position[edit]

Government Business Manager and Chief Whip[edit]

Name Portrait Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Tom McCabe Tom McCabe.jpg 19 May 1999 12 June 1999 Labour Party Donald Dewar

Minister for Parliament[edit]

Tom McCabe Tom McCabe.jpg 12 June 1999 27 November 2001 Labour Party Donald Dewar
Henry McLeish

Minister for Parliamentary Business[edit]

Patricia Ferguson PatriciaFergusonMSP20110510.JPG 27 November 2001 4 October 2004 Labour Party Jack McConnell
Margaret Curran Margaret Curran.jpg 4 October 2004 17 May 2007 Labour Party Jack McConnell

Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy[edit]

Bruce Crawford Bruce Crawford, Minister for Parliamentary Business (1).jpg 19 May 2011 5 September 2012 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Junior Minister[edit]

Deputy Business Manager and Liberal Democrat Whip[edit]

Name Entered Office Left Office Party First Minister
Iain Smith 19 May 1999 12 June 1999 Scottish Liberal Democrats Donald Dewar

Deputy Minister for Parliament[edit]

Iain Smith 12 June 1999 1 November 2000 Scottish Liberal Democrats Henry McLeish
Tavish Scott 1 November 2000 9 March 2001 Scottish Liberal Democrats Henry McLeish
Euan Robson 9 March 2001 28 November 2001 Scottish Liberal Democrats Henry McLeish

Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business[edit]

Euan Robson 28 November 2001 21 May 2003 Scottish Liberal Democrats Jack McConnell
Tavish Scott 21 May 2003 29 June 2005 Scottish Liberal Democrats Jack McConnell
George Lyon 29 June 2005 17 May 2007 Scottish Liberal Democrats Jack McConnell

Minister for Parliamentary Business[edit]

Bruce Crawford* 17 May 2007 19 May 2011 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Joe FitzPatrick 5 September 2012 incumbent Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Minister for Parliamentary Business and Chief Whip[edit]

Brian Adam* 19 May 2011 5 September 2012 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

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