Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Executive arm of the Scottish Parliament

Main article: List of Scottish Executives Ministers
The Scottish Cabinet normally meets weekly (while Parliament is sitting) on Wednesday mornings at Bute House, in Charlotte Square, the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland. The Cabinet consists of the Scottish Ministers, excluding the Law Officers (the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General). The Lord Advocate attends meetings of the Cabinet but is not formally a member.
The Cabinet is supported by the Cabinet Secretariat, which is based at St Andrew's House.
There were 4 Cabinet sub-committees in the second Administration (2003-2007):
During the second Administration there were also3 Delivery Groups, and 1 "short-life" Group:
The Cabinet also had several ad-hoc and miscellaneous Groups. During the 2nd Administration these were:

Cabinet Sub-Committee on Criminal Justice
Cabinet Sub-Committee on Legislation
Cabinet Sub-Committee on Local Government
Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland
Children and Young People Delivery Group
Closing the Opportunity Gap Delivery Group
Tackling Sectarianism Delivery Group
Short-Life Delivery Group to Implement 21st Century Social Work Review Recommendations
Ad Hoc Group of Ministers on Planning (current)
Ad Hoc Group on a Strategy for a Scotland with an Ageing Population (current)
Ad Hoc Group on Care Development Group Report (concluded)
Ad Hoc Group on Drugs and Alcohol (concluded)
Ad Hoc Group on European Strategy (concluded)
Ad Hoc On Fire and Rescue Services (concluded)
Ad Hoc Group on Fire Services Modernisation (concluded)
Ad Hoc Group on G8 Summit (concluded)
Ad Hoc Group on National Planning Framework (concluded)
Ad Hoc Group on Security and Civil Contingencies (concluded)
Ad Hoc Group on Social Work Review (concluded)
Ad Hoc Group on Tourism (concluded)
Ministerial Group on Regeneration
Ministerial Group on Civil Contingencies
Meeting of Ministers to Discuss Relocation
Short Life Ministerial Group on Alcohol Scottish Executive Cabinet
The term Scottish Executive also denotes the civil service supporting Scottish Ministers. According to the most recent (2006) reports, there are 15,263 civil servants working in core Scottish Executive departments and agencies.
Other civil servants based in Scotland carry out functions not devolved to the Scottish Executive, for example those in the Ministry of Defence.
The work of the Scottish Executive is carried out by a number of core departments:
There are also 17 Executive Agencies established by Ministers as part of Executive departments, or as departments in their own right, to carry out a discrete area of work. These include the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency, Scottish Prison Service and Transport Scotland. Agencies are staffed by civil servants.
Two non-Ministerial departments answer directly to Parliament rather than to Ministers:
The Scottish Executive is also responsible for a large number of Non-Departmental Public Bodies. These include executive bodies (eg. Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish Qualifications Authority and sportscotland); advisory bodies (eg. the General Teaching Council for Scotland, the Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board and the Scottish Law Commission); tribunals (eg. the Children's Panel); and nationalised industries (eg. Scottish Water).

Office of the Permanent Secretary
Development Department
Education Department
Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department
Environment and Rural Affairs Department
Finance and Central Services Department
Health Department
Justice Department
Legal and Parliamentary Services
General Register Office for Scotland
Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator United Kingdom Civil Service in Scotland

Main article: Office of the Permanent Secretary (Scotland) Permanent Secretary
The Coat of Arms of the Scottish Executive was adapted from the Royal Arms, but without the motto, the helm, the mantling, the crest, the war-cry above the crest, and the flags of Scotland and of England carried by the supporters. In the design of the Arms of the Scottish Executive, both supporters are crowned with the Crown of Scotland, whereas in the Royal Arms, the Scottish unicorn is crowned with the Scottish Crown, and the English lion is crowned with the British Imperial State Crown.
The Arms appear in the logo of the Executive and its departments.


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