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Who runs the Scottish Government

After a Scottish Parliamentary election, a First Minister is formally nominated by the Scottish Parliament and appointed by Her Majesty the Queen. The First Minister then appoints the Scottish Ministers to make up the Cabinet with the agreement of the Scottish Parliament and the approval of the Queen.

The First Minister leads the Scottish Government, with the support of the Scottish Cabinet and Ministers.

The Scottish Parliament

The Scottish Parliament is the law making body for devolved matters and comprises all elected Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) (this links to the Scottish Parliament website). The Parliament considers proposed legislation and scrutinises the activities and policies of the Scottish Government through debates, parliamentary questions and the work of committees.

In this section

  • Cabinet & Ministers

    Biographies and responsibilities of The Scottish Cabinet, other ministers & senior officials.

  • Cabinet Secretariat

    Cabinet Secretariat, the Ministerial Code and the Guide to Collective Decision-Making

  • Strategic Board

    Overview of management board for Scottish Government. Includes minutes and agendas for meetings.

  • Directorates

    Scottish Government Directorates.

  • Vacancies

    Information on working for the Scottish Government including latest vacancies.