Minister for International Development and Europe

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The Minister for Europe and International Development is a junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the minister does not attend[1] the Scottish Cabinet.

The post was created in September 2012.


In September 2012 the position of Minister for External Affairs and International Development was created; the name of the role changed a November 2014 reshuffle when Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister. It was changed again in May 2016, after the 2016 election.

List of office holders

The current Minister for International Development and Europe is Alasdair Allan.[2]

Name Portrait Entered office Left office Party First Minister
Humza Yousaf 6 September 2012 21 November 2014 Scottish National Party Alex Salmond
Humza Yousaf 21 November 2014 18 May 2016 Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon
Alasdair Allan 18 May 2016 Incumbent Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon


  1. Scotland Act (1998), Only those appointed under Section 47 of the Scotland Act "attend" Cabinet. Junior ministers are appointed under Section 49 and may be "present".
  2. "Minister for Europe and International Development". Scottish Government. 21 November 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.

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