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The Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, commonly referred to as the Finance Secretary, is a member of the Cabinet in the Scottish Government. The Cabinet Secretary has ministerial responsibility for the Scottish Governments' Finance and Central Services Department and the enterprise and transport functions of the Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department.

The Cabinet Secretary has overall responsibility for the Scottish Economy, public finances, Local government, trade and investment, planning, transport, energy, tourism, business and industry in Scotland and public service delivery.[1] Scottish public bodies for which the Cabinet Secretary has responsibility for include, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Water and visitscotland.[1] Executive agencies under the jurisdiction of the Cabinet Secretary include Transport Scotland, the Scottish Public Pensions Agency, the Scottish Building Standards Agency.[1]

John Swinney was recommended to the Queen for appointment to this post on 17th May 2007 by the Scottish Parliament and was sworn into office on 22nd May 2007.[2]

The Cabinet Secretary is assisted in his role by two Junior Ministers in the Scottish Government - the Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism (currently Jim Mather MSP) and the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change (currently Stewart Stevenson MSP.)[1]

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History

Following devolution in 1999, the Government of First Minister Donald Dewar instituted the position as the Minister for Finance, which was renamed the Minister for Finance and Local Government in the Government of Henry McLeish from 2000 to 2001. In the first Government of Jack McConnell, from 2001 to 2003, the position was renamed as the Minister for Finance and Public Services, changed to the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform after a reshuffle of the Second McConnell government in 2004. The Government of Alex Salmond combined the Minister for Finance element, with that of Enterprise and Transport to create the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

List of Office holders

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Minister for Finance

Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. Jack McConnell 19 May 1999 26 October 2000 Scottish Labour Party

Minister for Finance and Local Government

2. Angus Mackay 26 October 2000 22 November 2001 Scottish Labour Party

Minister for Finance and Public Services

3. Andy Kerr 22 November 2001 4 October 2004 Scottish Labour Party

Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform

4. Tom McCabe 4 October 2004 16 May 2007 Scottish Labour Party

Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth

5. John Swinney 17 May 2007 Incumbent Scottish National Party

References

  1. ^ a b c d "Scottish Cabinet and Ministers". Scottish Government. http://www.scottishexecutive.gov.uk/About/Scottish-Cabinet. Retrieved 2007-07-26.  
  2. ^ "Ministers and Junior Ministers". Scottish Parliament. 2007-07-17. http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/officialReports/meetingsParliament/or-07/sor0517-02.htm#Col37. Retrieved 2007-07-26.  

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