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The Scotland Office (An Oifis Albannach in Scottish Gaelic) is a department of the United Kingdom government within the Ministry of Justice[citation needed] and led by the Secretary of State for Scotland. The office is responsible for the representation of Scotland in HM Government, facilitating the smooth operation of devolution, liaising between the government and the devolved Government in Edinburgh and the administering of certain reserved matters of government in relation to Scotland.

Until the advent of the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, the precursor to the Scotland Office, the Scottish Office, was a major UK government department dealing with most aspects of the domestic governance of Scotland, a position known as "administrative devolution". Since devolution its powers have been limited to those relating to reserved matters that are not dealt with by other departments of the UK Government, and it, along with the Wales Office, was then absorbed into the Ministry of Justice. The Secretary of State for Scotland also holds certain powers of oversight over the operation of the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Act 1998.

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The office of Secretary of State for Scotland continues in existence, although has recently often been held along with another Secretaryship of State by a member of the Cabinet (although this is not currently the case).

The Conservative Party's Shadow Secretary of State is David Mundell MP.[1] The Liberal Democrat spokesman is Alistair Carmichael MP.[2]

Location

Dover House, the headquarters of the Scotland Office in Whitehall.

The department is based at Dover House, in London's Whitehall, and employs around 40 permanent staff. Dover House also serves as a base for staff of the Scottish Government in London.

There is also an office of the department located in Melville Crescent, Edinburgh.

The Advocate General, as a Law Officer, shares the same offices in London and Edinburgh.

References

  • The Scottish Secretaries, David Torrance. (Birlinn 2006)
  1. ^ House of Commons Information Office (8 September 2009). "Her Majesty's Official Opposition". UK Parliament. http://www.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/government_and_opposition/opp.cfm. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 
  2. ^ House of Commons Information Office (13 July 2009). "Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet and Parliamentary Team". UK Parliament. http://www.parliament.uk/mpslordsandoffices/government_and_opposition/libdems.cfm. Retrieved 25 November 2009. 

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