Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, commonly referred to as the Culture Secretary, is a Scottish Government Cabinet position with responsibility for Culture, the arts, relations between the Scottish Government and the European Union and other international affairs. The Cabinet Secretary is assisted by the Minister for International Development and Europe.
|Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs|
Rùnaire a 'Chaibineit airson Cultar, Turasachd agus Cùisean Taobh a-muigh
|Style||Cabinet Secretary |
(informal and only within Scotland)
Scottish Culture Secretary
|Inaugural holder||Jack McConnell |
Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs
Minister for Environment, Sport and Culture
The current Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs is Fiona Hyslop, who was appointed in 2009.
The Europe and External Affairs brief was instituted in 2000 and combined with Education as the Minister for Education, Europe and External Affairs which was a Cabinet position in the McLeish Government. After 2001 the Europe and External Affairs Brief was abolished as a ministerial position. From 1999 to 2001, the Culture brief was a junior post in the Scottish Government as Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport. It was made into a Cabinet position as Minister for Culture and Sport in the First McConnell government from 2001–2003. The Second McConnell government from 2003–2007 combined the Culture and Sport brief with Tourism to form a Cabinet post in the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport. Culture was combined with External Affairs and Europe, to form a junior ministerial position, of Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture in the Salmond government following the 2007 Scottish Parliament election. In February 2009 the role was expanded to deal with constitutional issues this additional role was later removed in December 2009 following the publication of the National Conversation. After the 2011 Scottish Parliament election the office-holder returned to the Cabinet with the junior ministerial post being transformed into the Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs. After the 2016 Scottish Parliament election, the post was retitled Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.
The responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs include: Culture and the arts, broadcasting, architecture, built heritage, national identity, cross-government co-ordination on bringing major events to Scotland, national records, fair trade, tourism, international development, cross-government co-ordination on European Union and international relations and the Scottish diaspora.
The following public bodies report to the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs:
List of office holdersEdit
Minister for Education, Europe and External AffairsEdit
Minister for Environment, Sport and CultureEdit
|Name||Portrait||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister||Name||Portrait||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister|
|Jack McConnell||1 November 2000||22 November 2001||Labour Party||Henry McLeish||Sam Galbraith||1 November 2000||20 March 2001||Labour Party||Henry McLeish|
Minister for Tourism, Culture and SportEdit
|Mike Watson||28 November 2001||28 November 2002||Labour Party||Jack McConnell|
|Elaine Murray||28 November 2002||21 May 2003||Labour Party|
|Frank McAveety||21 May 2003||4 October 2004||Labour Party|
|Patricia Ferguson||4 October 2004||19 February 2007||Labour Party|
Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External AffairsEdit
|Fiona Hyslop||19 May 2011||21 November 2014||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External AffairsEdit
|Fiona Hyslop||21 November 2014||18 May 2016||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External AffairsEdit
|Fiona Hyslop||18 May 2016||incumbent||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
Deputy Minister for Tourism, Culture and SportEdit
Deputy Minister for Culture and SportEdit
|Name||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister|
|Rhona Brankin||19 May 1999||1 November 2000||Scottish Labour Party||Donald Dewar|
Deputy Minister for Environment, Sport and CultureEdit
Deputy Minister for Education, Europe and External AffairsEdit
|Name||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister||Name||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister|
|Allan Wilson||1 November 2000||8 March 2001||Scottish Labour Party||Henry McLeish||Nicol Stephen||1 November 2000||28 November 2001||Scottish Liberal Democrats||Henry McLeish|
Deputy Minister for Sport, the Arts and CultureEdit
|Allan Wilson||8 March 2001||28 November 2001||Scottish Labour Party||Henry McLeish|
|Elaine Murray||28 November 2001||28 November 2002||Labour Party||Jack McConnell|
Minister for Europe, External Affairs and CultureEdit
|Linda Fabiani||17 May 2007||10 February 2009||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the ConstitutionEdit
|Michael Russell||10 February 2009||1 December 2009||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
Minister for Culture and External AffairsEdit
|Fiona Hyslop||1 December 2009||19 May 2011||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
Minister for External Affairs and International DevelopmentEdit
|Humza Yousaf||5 September 2012||21 November 2014||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
Minister for Europe and International DevelopmentEdit
|Humza Yousaf||21 November 2014||18 May 2016||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
Minister for International Development and EuropeEdit
|Alasdair Allan||18 May 2016||Incumbent||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
- "Scottish Executive - Scottish Cabinet and Ministers". Scottish Government. Retrieved 25 July 2007.
- "Demoted minister backs successor". BBC News. 1 December 2009. Retrieved 12 May 2010.
- Black, Andrew (20 May 2011). "At-a-glance: Scottish government cabinet". BBC News. Retrieved 3 September 2014.
- Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs on the Scottish Government website