Ministers & Law Officers

Office of the First Minister

Alex Salmond MSPThe Right Hon Alex Salmond MSP

Head of the Scottish Government; responsible for development, implementation & presentation of Government policy, constitutional affairs and promoting and representing Scotland.

Minister for Parliamentary Business

Joe FitzPatrick MSP

Responsibilities include: Parliamentary Reform, Group matters, liaison between the Group and Ministers. Reporting to both First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

Infrastructure, Investment and Cities

Deputy First Minister (with responsibility for Government Strategy and the Constitution) and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities

Nicola Sturgeon MSP Nicola Sturgeon MSP

Responsibilities include: Infrastructure and capital investment, transport policy, housing policy, Scottish Water, procurement, European Structural Funds, Scottish Futures Trust, cities strategy, welfare reform, broadband and digital. Developing Government strategy and co-ordinating policy delivery across portfolios. Responsible for constitution policy, including preparations for the Referendum, UK relations. Freedom of Information.

Minister for Transport and Veterans

Keith Brown MSPKeith Brown MSP 

Responsibilities include: Transport Policy & Delivery,Public Transport, Roads, Rail Services, Air and Ferry Services, Housing, Veterans

Minister for Housing and Welfare

Margaret Burgess MSP

Responsibilities include: Housing, communities, anti-poverty measures and welfare

Health and Wellbeing

Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing 

Alex Neil MSPAlex Neil MSP

Responsibilities include: NHS, Health Service Reform, Allied Healthcare Services, Acute and Primary Services, Performance, Quality Strategy, Patient Safety, National Service Planning, NHS Workforce, NHS Pay.

Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport

Shona Robison MSPShona Robison MSP

Responsibilities include: Sport, Commonwealth Games, obesity, physcial activity and equality

Minister for Public Health

Michael Matheson MSP Michael Matheson MSP

Responsibilities include: Public Health, Health Protection, Dentistry, Healthy Working Lives, Sexual Health, Child & Maternal Health, Medical Records, Adult Care & Support, Drug Misuse, Social Inclusion

Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth

John Swinney MSP John Swinney MSP

Responsibilities include: Economy, Employment, Scottish Budget, Budgetary Monitoring, Public Sector Pay Policy, Pensions Agency (SPPA), Public Service Reform and Delivery, Efficient Government, Simplification of the Public Sector Landscape/Public Bodies/Scrutiny, Community Planning/Business Improvement Districts, Community Business and Co-operative Development, Third Sector and Social Economy, Relocation.

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism

Fergus Ewing MSPFergus Ewing MSP

Responsibilities include: Energy & Energy Consents, Voluntary Sector & Social Economy, Accountant & bankruptcy, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Scottish Enterprise, Trade & Inward Investment (inc. SDI), Business & Industry inc manufacturing , Registers of Scotland.

Minister for Local Government and Planning

Derek Mackay MSPDerek Mackay MSP

Responsibilities include: Local Government, Community Planning, Business Improvement, Elections, Planning, Building Standards

Education & Lifelong Learning

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning

Michael Russell MSPMichael Russell MSP

Responsibilities include:Teacher and school workforce issues, School infrastructure - building programme and technology, School closures, Further and Higher Education, The Scottish Funding Council, Educational attainment, Performance improvement and reform of education

Minister for Children and Young People

Aileen Campbell MSPAileen Campbell MSP

Responsibilities include: Social Services workforce, Early Years/Early Intervention, Protection of Vulnerable Groups Child protection, adoption and fostering, Kerelaw and Historic Abuse

Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages

Alasdair Allan MSPAlasdair Allan MSP

Responsibilities include: Gaelic and Scots, Modern Languages and Scottish Studies, Scottish Education Quality and Improvement Agency, Scottish Qualifications Authority, Behaviour, Bullying, Skills Strategy, Non-advanced vocational skills

Minister for Youth Employment

Angela Constance MSPAngela Constance MSP

Responsibilities include: Employability for 16-24 year olds, Ministerial oversight of Skills Development Scotland (SDS) activity , Engagement with employers and employer bodies on youth employment, Engagement with DWP, third sector bodies and local authorities on support for young people, Coordinating cross government activity to support young people into work.


Cabinet Secretary for Justice

Kenny MacAskill MSPKenny MacAskill MSP

Responsibilities include: Police, Football legislation and Joint Action Group, Prisons and sentencing policy, Reducing reoffending, Victims and witnesses, Life sentence prisoner casework, Criminal Law and Procedure, Criminal justice social work and system reform, Legal Aid and Legal Profession, Youth justice, Liquor Licensing, Resilience.

Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs

Roseanna Cunningham MSPRoseanna Cunningham MSP

Responsibilities include: Community safety and anti-social behaviour, Sectarianism, Violence, Human rights, Drugs, Civil law, Charity law, Fire and rescue, Religious and faith organisations

Rural Affairs and the Environment

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment

Richard Lochhead MSPRichard Lochhead MSP

Responsibilities include: Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Environment and Natural Heritage, Land Reform, Water quality regulation and sustainable development

Minister for Environment and Climate Change

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Responsibilities include: Forestry Commission Scotland, Biodiversity, Crofting, National Parks and Environmental Justice, Flooding, Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Aquaculture

Culture and External Affairs

Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs

Fiona Hyslop MSPFiona Hyslop MSP

Responsibilities include: Europe, external affairs, culture and the arts, broadcasting, architecture, built heritage, Historic Scotland and lottery funding, National Records of Scotland, major events strategy and Digital–Participation.

Minister for External Affairs and International Development

Humza Yousaf MSP

Responsibilities include: Europe, external affairs, international development, culture and the arts, broadcasting, architecture, built heritage, Historic Scotland and lottery funding, National Records of Scotland, major events strategy

Law Officers

Lord Advocate

Frank Mulholland MSPFrank Mulholland

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, prosecution of crime, investigation of sudden deaths, complaints against the police, support for victims and witnesses of crime, international cooperation (including mutual legal assistance and extradition), confiscation of proceeds of crime.

Register of Interests for Frank Mulholland

Solicitor General

Lesley Thomson

Legal advice to Scottish Ministers, civil litigation, constitutional issues and appointment of Counsel.

Register of Interests for Lesley Thomson





Further information

Scottish Government information about the work of the Scottish Cabinet