Minister for Parliamentary Business
|Minister for Parliamentary Business|
|Appointer||First Minister of Scotland|
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The Minister for Parliamentary Business is a junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government whose job it is to steer government business through the Scottish Parliament. It is currently held by Joe FitzPatrick of the Scottish National Party.
History of the office
The post was originally created in May 1999 as Chief Whip and Government Business Manager as a cabinet position in the Labour Liberal Scottish Executive along with the junior Deputy Business Manager, both positions where renamed after a few weeks to the Minister for Parliament and Deputy Minister for Parliament respectively. The posts where renamed again in November 2001 to Minister for Parliamentary Business and Deputy Minister for Parliamentary Business following the election of Jack McConnell as First Minister. The a cabinet post was downgrade to that of a junior minister reporting to the First Minister following the election of an SNP minority government in May 2007. The post remained a junior one until the May 2011 general election after which a new cabinet post of Cabinet Secretary for Parliamentary Business and Government Strategy was established with the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Chief Whip reporting to it, this set up remained in place until a government reshuffle in September 2012 saw the cabinet post abolished with responsibility of Government Strategy being given to the Deputy First Minister. and the post of Minister for Parliamentary Business being re-established reporting to both First Minister and Deputy First Minister.
List of office holders
|Name||Portrait||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister|
|Tom McCabe||19 May 1999||12 June 1999||Labour Party||Donald Dewar|
|Tom McCabe||12 June 1999||27 November 2001||Labour Party||Donald Dewar|
|Patricia Ferguson||27 November 2001||4 October 2004||Labour Party||Jack McConnell|
|Margaret Curran||4 October 2004||17 May 2007||Labour Party||Jack McConnell|
|Bruce Crawford||19 May 2011||5 September 2012||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
|Name||Entered Office||Left Office||Party||First Minister|
|Iain Smith||19 May 1999||12 June 1999||Scottish Liberal Democrats||Donald Dewar|
|Iain Smith||12 June 1999||1 November 2000||Scottish Liberal Democrats||Henry McLeish|
|Tavish Scott||1 November 2000||9 March 2001||Scottish Liberal Democrats||Henry McLeish|
|Euan Robson||9 March 2001||28 November 2001||Scottish Liberal Democrats||Henry McLeish|
|Euan Robson||28 November 2001||21 May 2003||Scottish Liberal Democrats||Jack McConnell|
|Tavish Scott||21 May 2003||29 June 2005||Scottish Liberal Democrats||Jack McConnell|
|George Lyon||29 June 2005||17 May 2007||Scottish Liberal Democrats||Jack McConnell|
|Bruce Crawford*||17 May 2007||19 May 2011||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
|Brian Adam*||19 May 2011||5 September 2012||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
|Joe FitzPatrick||5 September 2012||incumbent||Scottish National Party||Alex Salmond|
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