Dewar government

Dewar ministry
1st devolved government of Scotland
Date formed 17 May 1999
Date dissolved 11 October 2000
People and organisations
Head of government Donald Dewar
Head of state Elizabeth II
Member party Labour Party
Liberal Democrats
Status in legislature Coalition
Election(s) 1999 general election
Legislature term(s) 1st Scottish Parliament
Successor McLeish ministry

The Dewar ministry (17 May 1999 – 11 October 2000) was a coalition of composed of the Scottish Labour Party and the Scottish Liberal Democrats that was formed by Donald Dewar at the start of the 1st Scottish Parliament. Dewar, as Scotland's first First Minister, obtained the Scottish Parliament's approval for the first slate of members of the Scottish Executive on 19 May 1999. The ministry ended with Dewar's death on 11 October 2000.[1]

List of ministers

Post Minister Term Party
First Minister The Rt Hon. Donald Dewar MSP May 1999Oct. 2000Labour Party
Deputy First Minister
Minister for Justice
Jim Wallace QC MSPLiberal Democrats
Minister for Children and Education Sam Galbraith MSP Labour Party
Minister for Social Inclusion, Local Government and Housing Wendy Alexander MSP
Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Henry McLeish MSP
Minister for Finance Jack McConnell MSP
Minister for Health and Community Care Susan Deacon MSP
Chief Whip and Government Business Manager Tom McCabe MSP
Minister for Rural Affairs Ross Finnie MSPLiberal Democrats
Minister for Transport and the Environment Sarah Boyack MSP Labour Party
Lord Advocate The Rt Hon. The Lord Hardie PC QC May 1999–Feb. 2000
The Rt Hon. Colin Boyd QCFeb. 2000–Oct. 2000
Post Minister Term Party
Deputy Minister for Children and Education Peter Peacock MSP May 1999–Oct. 2000 Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport Rhona Brankin MSP
Deputy Minister for Social Inclusion, Equality and the Voluntary Sector Jackie Baillie MSP
Deputy Minister for Local Government Frank McAveety MSP
Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Nicol Stephen MSP Liberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Highlands and Islands and Gaelic Alasdair Morrison MSP Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care Iain Gray MSP
Deputy Minister for Justice (with particular responsibility for Land Reform) Angus MacKay MSP
Deputy Business Manager and Liberal Democrat Whip Iain Smith MSP Liberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs (with particular responsibility for Fisheries) John Home Robertson MSP Labour Party
Solicitor General for Scotland Colin Boyd QCMay 1999Feb. 2000
Neil Davidson QCFeb. 2000–Oct. 2000


Lord Hardie unexpectedly resigned from his post as Lord Advocate on 17 February 2000. The post was filled by the then Solicitor General, Colin Boyd, who was in turn replaced by Neil Davidson.[3]


  1. "'Father of nation' dies". BBC News. 11 October 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. 1 2 "Scottish Ministers". Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 2 October 1999. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  3. "Swift response over Hardie resignation". BBC News. 17 February 2000. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
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