Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy
The Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy is a position in the Scottish Government Cabinet. The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for rural Scotland, Highlands Islands Enterprise, agriculture, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, food and drink, and crofting. The Cabinet Secretary was assisted by the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform until 2016, when that role was given its own Cabinet level post. The Cabinet Secretary is assisted by the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, who also reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform.
|Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy|
|Style||Cabinet Secretary |
Rural Economy Secretary (within Scotland)
Scottish Rural Economy Secretary (outwith Scotland)
|Inaugural holder||Ross Finnie |
Minister for Rural Affairs
The current Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy is Fergus Ewing, who was appointed in May 2016.
The Cabinet Secretary's responsibilities are Agriculture and crofting, Fisheries and aquaculture, Food and drink, Highlands & Islands Enterprise, Rural Scotland, Forestry, Animal health, South of Scotland Agency.
The following public bodies report to the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity:
The position was created in 1999 as the Minister for Rural Affairs and renamed as the Minister for Rural Development in 2000 and again in 2001 as the Minister for the Environment and Rural Development. Following the 2007 election, the position of Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment was created, becoming the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment in a November 2014 reshuffle. Following the 2016 election, the position was the "Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity", but was again renamed to "Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy", with "connectivity" and Transport passing to the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.
List of office holdersEdit
Minister for Rural AffairsEdit
|Name||Portrait||Entered office||Left office||Party||First Minister|
|Ross Finnie||19 May 1999||26 October 2000||Liberal Democrats||Donald Dewar|
Minister for Rural DevelopmentEdit
|Ross Finnie||26 October 2000||22 November 2001||Liberal Democrats||Henry McLeish|
Minister for the Environment and Rural DevelopmentEdit
|Ross Finnie||22 November 2001||16 May 2007||Liberal Democrats||Jack McConnell|
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the EnvironmentEdit
|Richard Lochhead||16 May 2007||21 November 2014||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and EnvironmentEdit
|Richard Lochhead||21 November 2014||18 May 2016||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and ConnectivityEdit
|Fergus Ewing||18 May 2016||26 June 2016||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
Cabinet Secretary for Rural EconomyEdit
|Fergus Ewing||26 June 2016||Incumbent||Scottish National Party||Nicola Sturgeon|
- "New Cabinet appointed". Scottish Government. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2018-06-27.