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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.[1]

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy
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Incumbent
Fergus Ewing MSP

since 18 May 2016
StyleCabinet Secretary
Rural Economy Secretary (within Scotland)
Scottish Rural Economy Secretary (outwith Scotland)
AppointerFirst Minister
Inaugural holderRoss Finnie
Minister for Rural Affairs
FormationMay 1999
Websitewww.gov.scot

The current Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy is Fergus Ewing, who was appointed in May 2016.

Contents

OverviewEdit

ResponsibilitiesEdit

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.[1]

Public bodiesEdit

The following public bodies report to the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity:

HistoryEdit

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.[1]

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

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "New Cabinet appointed". Scottish Government. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2018-06-27.