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Scotland Office

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
Oifis Rùnaire Stàite na h-Alba
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Scotland Office (left) is next to the Consulate-General of Japan
Department overview
Preceding Department
TypeDepartment of HM Government
  • Scotland
    • 1 Melville Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 7HW
  • Westminster
Annual budget£8 million for 2011-12[1]
Minister responsible
Parent departmentMinistry of Justice Edit this at Wikidata

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland (Scottish Gaelic: Oifis Rùnaire Stàite na h-Alba), often referred to as the Scotland Office, is a UK government department headed by the Secretary of State for Scotland and responsible for Scottish affairs within the British Government.


The office is responsible for the representation of Scotland and Scottish affairs in HM Government, facilitating the smooth operation of devolution, liaising between the UK Government and the Scottish Government at Edinburgh and the administering of certain reserved matters of government relating to Scotland.


Until the advent of the Scottish Parliament and the devolved Scottish Government, the Scottish Office (the precursor to the Scotland 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 are limited to those relating to reserved matters that are not dealt with by other departments of HM Government and it, along with the Wales Office, was then absorbed into the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA), which in turn became 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.

On 21 October 2015, the Scotland Office re-branded their Facebook profile to 'UK Government for Scotland.'[2] The Scotland Office Twitter handle changed to @UKGovScotland at the same time.


The Scotland Office Ministers are as follows:[3]

Minister Rank Portfolio
The Rt Hon. Alister Jack MP Secretary of State Overall responsibility; custodian of the Scottish devolution settlement; represent Scottish interests within the UK Government; advocate for the UK Government's policies in Scotland; promote partnership between the UK Government and the Scottish Government, as well as relations between the UK and Scottish Parliaments.
Iain Stewart MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Strengthening the Union; Energy, including: oil and gas, renewables; Business and economy, including: agriculture and fisheries, food and drink, manufacturing, retail and tourism, financial services; Investment and infrastructure, including: City Region and Growth Deals, Industrial Strategy, digital and connectivity, transport and aviation; Higher education and academia; Immigration; Welfare.
David Duguid MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Strengthening the Union; Energy, including: oil and gas, renewables; Investment and infrastructure, including: City Region and Growth Deals; Business and the economy, including: agriculture and fisheries.
The Rt Hon. The Viscount Younger of Leckie Lord-in-waiting
Government Whip
Department Spokesperson for Lords.

Under the Blair Ministry and Brown Ministry, the office of Secretary of State for Scotland was often held along with another Secretariat of State by a member of the Cabinet:

Danny Alexander was briefly the first Secretary of State in the Cameron Ministry (in May 2010), prior to his appointment as Chief Secretary to the Treasury, succeeding David Laws.

Michael Crockart (a Liberal Democrat MP) resigned his post as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Secretary of State on 9 December 2010 over the United Kingdom Government's plan for an increase in tuition fees.


The following have been head of the Scotland Office (since 2009, this position has been called Director of the Scotland Office):[4]


Dover House, the headquarters of the Scotland Office in Whitehall

The governmental department is based at Dover House, Whitehall and engages 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, who is a Crown Law Officer, shares the same offices in London and Edinburgh.

See also


  • The Scottish Secretaries, David Torrance. (Birlinn 2006)
  1. ^ Spending Review 2010 (PDF). London: HM Treasury. 2010. p. 88. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 November 2010. Retrieved 2011.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Our ministers". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ The dates and names are taken from their entries in Who's Who.

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