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The Minister for Environment and Climate Change is a Junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet unless his / her Cabinet Secretary is absent. The post was created in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration and the minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet. The Minister for Environment and Climate Change takes the lead role in environment and natural heritage, crofting, forestry, aquaculture, sport fishing, land reform, access, water quality regulation, sustainable development and climate change.
In the first Dewar Government, the environment brief was the responsibility of the Minister for Transport and Environment and the Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Land Reform, changing to the Minister of the Environment, Sport and Culture and the Deputy Minister for Rural Development from 2000 to 2001. From 2001 and 2007, environment was combined with the rural affairs brief for the Minister for the Environment and Rural Development, with the associated deputy post of Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development. The Salmond government, elected following the Scottish Parliament election, 2007 created the junior post of the Minister for Environment who assists the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, in the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department. In 2010 Climate Change was added to the Environment portfolio becoming Minister for Environment and Climate Change.
List of office holders
Deputy Minister for Fisheries and Land Reform
|Name||Entered Office||Left Office||Party|
|1.||John Home Robertson||19 May 1999||2 November 2000||Labour|
Deputy Minister for Rural Development
|2.||Rhona Brankin||2 November 2000||29 November 2001||Labour|
Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development
|3.||Allan Wilson||29 November 2001||1 October 2004||Labour|
|4.||Lewis Macdonald||1 October 2004||27 June 2005||Labour|
|5.||Rhona Brankin||27 June 2005||14 November 2006||Labour|
|6.||Sarah Boyack||14 November 2006||17 May 2007||Labour|
Minister for Environment
|7.||Michael Russell||17 May 2007||12 February 2009||Scottish National Party|
|8.||Roseanna Cunningham||12 February 2009||11 December 2010||Scottish National Party|
Minister for Environment and Climate Change
|9.||Roseanna Cunningham||11 December 2010||24 May 2011||Scottish National Party|
|10.||Stewart Stevenson||25 May 2011||6 September 2012||Scottish National Party|
|11.||Paul Wheelhouse||6 September 2012||Incumbent||Scottish National Party|
- "Scottish Executive - Scottish Cabinet and Ministers". Scottish Executive. Retrieved 2007-07-25.
- "Scottish cabinet reshuffle". BBC News. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 14 September 2012.