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The individual Directorates within the overarching Finance Directorates report to the Director-General, Alyson Stafford CBE.
There is no direct relationship between Ministers and the Directorates. However, in general, the activities of the Directorates include those under the purview of the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution, Derek Mackay MSP.
The overarching Scottish Government Directorates were preceded by similar structures called "Departments" that no longer exist (although the word is still sometimes used in this context).
As an overarching unit, the Finance Directorates incorporate the:
- Scottish Procurement and Commercial Directorate - Director: Alistair Merrill
- Legal Services Directorate - Director & Solicitor to the Scottish Government: Murray Sinclair
- Planning & Environmental Appeals Directorate - Director & Chief Reporter: Lindsey Nicoll
- Parliamentary Counsel Office - Director: Andy Beattie
Prior to the creation of the Finance Directorates in 2010, many of their responsibilities were undertaken by the Scottish Government Finance and Corporate Services Directorates and prior to 2007 by the Scottish Executive Finance and Central Services Department.
- "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.
- "Directorates" Scottish Government. Retrieved 7 May 2011.
- "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 nine 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 Government's purpose. The new structure means that the old Scottish Executive Departments no longer exist. Instead, each DG supports and manages a number of Directorates headed by a Director, with these Directorates leading, presenting and developing policy for Ministers."