Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity

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Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity
Scottish Government Logo.svg
Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety (2).jpg
Incumbent
Fergus Ewing MSP

since 18 May 2016
Style Cabinet Secretary
Appointer First Minister
Inaugural holder Ross Finnie
Minister for Rural Affairs
Formation May 1999
Website www.gov.scot

The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity is a position in the Scottish Government Cabinet. The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for rural Scotland, Highlands Islands Enterprise, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, food and drink, crofting, transport and connectivity, including 100 per cent broadband. The Cabinet Secretary was assisted by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform until 2016, when that role was given its own Cabinet level post. The Cabinet Secretary is assisted by the Minister for Transport and the Islands.

The current Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity is Fergus Ewing, who was appointed in May 2016.

Overview[edit]

Responsibilities[edit]

The Cabinet Secretary's responsibilities are rural Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, food and drink, crofting, transport and connectivity, including 100 per cent broadband.

Public bodies[edit]

The following public bodies report to the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity:

History[edit]

The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Rural Affairs and renamed as the Minister for Rural Development in 2000 and again in 2001 as the Minister for the Environment and Rural Development. Following the 2007 election, the position of Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment was created, becoming the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment in a November 2014 reshuffle. Following the 2016 election, the position is the "Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity".

List of office holders[edit]

Minister for Rural Affairs[edit]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Party First Minister
Ross Finnie Ross Finnie.jpg 19 May 1999 26 October 2000 Liberal Democrats Donald Dewar

Minister for Rural Development[edit]

Ross Finnie Ross Finnie.jpg 26 October 2000 22 November 2001 Liberal Democrats Henry McLeish

Minister for the Environment and Rural Development[edit]

Ross Finnie Ross Finnie.jpg 22 November 2001 16 May 2007 Liberal Democrats Jack McConnell

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment[edit]

Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment (2).jpg 16 May 2007 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment[edit]

Richard Lochhead Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Environment (2).jpg 21 November 2014 18 May 2016 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity[edit]

Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety (2).jpg 18 May 2016 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon

See also[edit]