Directorates of the Scottish Government

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The work of the Scottish Government is carried out by Directorates, each headed by a Director. The Directorates are grouped into a number of overarching Directorates, each headed by a Director-General. However, the individual Directorates are the building blocks of the system and a Director may be responsible to more than one Director-General. There is no direct correspondence between the political responsibilities of the Ministers in the Scottish Government and the Directorates, although in some cases there is considerable overlap. The Directorates are also responsible for a number of government agencies and non-departmental public bodies.

The current system of Directorates was created by a December 2010 re-organisation.[1] Prior to 2007 the Directorates were preceded by similar structures called "Departments" that no longer exist (although the word is still sometimes used in this context).[2]

The Office of the Permanent Secretary is headed by the Permanent Secretary Sir Peter Housden who replaced Sir John Elvidge, in 2010.



  • Scottish Procurement & Commercial Directorate.[3]
  • Legal Services
  • Planning and Environmental Appeals
  • Office of the Scottish Parliamentary Counsel

Learning and Justice[edit]


  • Learning
  • Employability, Skills and Lifelong Learning
  • Justice
  • Education Analytical Services
  • Safer Communities.



  • Digital
  • Local Government and Communities
  • Housing, Regeneration and Welfare

Health and Social Care[edit]


  • Chief Medical Officer - Public Health
  • Chief Nursing Officer, Patients, Public and Health Professions
  • Children and Families
  • Health and Healthcare Improvement
  • Health and Social Care Integration
  • Health Finance and Information
  • Health Workforce and Performance
  • Commonwealth Games and Sport.[3]

Enterprise, Environment and Innovation[edit]


  • Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities
  • Business
  • Energy & Climate Change
  • Environment & Forestry
  • Marine Scotland (including Aquaculture, Freshwater Fisheries & Licensing Policy, Performance, Science, Planning & Policy, Compliance and Sea Fisheries Policy)
  • Chief Scientific Advisor Rural Affairs and Environment.

Strategy and External Affairs[edit]


  • Communications and Ministerial Support
  • Culture and Heritage
  • External Affairs
  • HR and Organisational Change
  • Strategy and Constitution

Services and Groups[edit]

  • Analytical Services
  • Communications
  • Chief Scientific Adviser
  • Information Services & Information Systems
  • Legal Services
  • Office of the Scottish Parliamentary Counsel


  1. ^ "Paul Gray, Director-General Rural Affairs, Environment and Services". Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011. This notice refers to the transfer of the DG of the Scottish Government Environment Directorates in December 2010, and thus indirectly to this re-organisation.
  2. ^ "Reporting on 100 Days: Moving Scotland forward" Scottish Government. Retrieved 15 August 2009. "A new structure for Scotland's Government has been put in place, transforming the Departmental structure, moving from 9 Heads of Department, to a Strategic Board with the Permanent Secretary and five Directors General (DG), with each DG having responsibility for driving one of the Government's strategic objectives. Directors-General focus on the performance of the whole organisation against the Cabinet's agenda. The new structure means that the old Scottish Executive Departments no longer exist. Instead, each DG supports and manages a number of Directors, with these Directorates leading, presenting and developing policy for Ministers."
  3. ^ a b "Directorates" Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011.

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