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The Scotland Office (Oifis na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is a department of the United Kingdom government, responsible for reserved Scottish affairs. Until the advent of devolution and the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive it was (under the title "The Scottish Office") a major department led by the Secretary of State for Scotland. Since devolution its powers have been limited to reserved powers, and it is now a branch of the Department for Constitutional Affairs, along with the Wales Office and the former Lord Chancellor's Department. Flag of Scotland Ratio 3:5 430 × 260 pixels 2041 bytes There is an alternate flag with a lighter blue coloring: File links The following pages link to this file: Aberdeenshire (unitary) Angus Act of Union 1707 Aviemore Achiltibuie Cross Chelsea F.C. England England national football team Fulham F... // Overview Scotland is one of the four constituent nations of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. ... The Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba in Gaelic, Scots Pairlament in Scots) is the national unicameral legislature of Scotland. ... The term Scottish Executive is used in two distinct but closely related senses. ... The First Minister (Prìomh Mhinistear in Scots Gaelic) is the leader of Scotlands national home rule government, the Scottish Executive, which was established in 1999 along with the reconstituted Scottish Parliament. ... The Presiding Officer (Oifigear-Riaghlaidh in Scots Gaelic) is the person elected by the Members of the Scottish Parliament to chair their meetings. ... Her Majestys Advocate, known as the Lord Advocate (Morair Tagraidh in Scots Gaelic), was the chief legal adviser of the United Kingdom Government and the Crown in Scotland for both civil and criminal matters until the passing of the Scotland Act 1998. ... Her Majestys Solicitor General for Scotland (Àrd-neach-lagha a Chrùin an Alba) is one of the Law Officers of the Crown, and the deputy of the Lord Advocate, whose duty is to advise the Crown and the Scottish Executive on Scots Law. ... ... Before 1975 local government in Scotland was organised on the county system. ... The polling date for the second Scottish Parliament election was held on May 1, 2003. ... Parties represented in the Scottish Parliament (in order of number of representatives): Labour Party - Centre-left, unionist - 50 MSPs Scottish National Party (SNP) - Centre-left, pro-independence- 27 MSPs Conservative and Unionist Party - Centre-right, unionist - 18 MSPs Liberal Democrats - Centre, federalist - 17 MSPs Scottish Green Party - Environmentalist, pro-independence... The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative institution in the United Kingdom and British overseas territories (it alone has parliamentary sovereignty). ... The Secretary of State for Scotland (Rùnaire Stàite na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is the chief minister in the government of the United Kingdom with responsibilites for Scotland, at the head of the Scotland Office (formerly The Scottish Office). ... Note: This page contains phonetic information presented in the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) using Unicode. ... Royal motto: Nemo me impune lacessit (Latin: No one provokes me with impunity) Scotlands location within the UK Languages with Official Status1 English Scottish Gaelic Capital Edinburgh Largest city Glasgow First Minister Jack McConnell Area - Total - % water Ranked 2nd UK 78,782 km² 1. ... Devolution or home rule is the granting of powers from central government to government at regional or local level. ... The Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba in Gaelic, Scots Pairlament in Scots) is the national unicameral legislature of Scotland. ... The term Scottish Executive is used in two distinct but closely related senses. ... The Secretary of State for Scotland (Rùnaire Stàite na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is the chief minister in the government of the United Kingdom with responsibilites for Scotland, at the head of the Scotland Office (formerly The Scottish Office). ... A reserve power is a power that may be exercised by the head of state of a country in certain exceptional circumstances. ... The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) is a United Kingdom government department. ... The Wales Office is a United Kingdom government department. ... The Lord Chancellors Department was a United Kingdom government department. ...


There is no longer a separate office of Secretary of State for Scotland, this now being a separate function held by another member of the Cabinet. In the Politics of the United Kingdom, the Cabinet is a formal body comprised of government officials chosen by the Prime Minister. ...

The department is based at Dover House, in London's Whitehall, and employs around 40 permanent staff, as well as serving as a base for staff of the Scottish Executive in London. The Advocate General, as a Law Officer, also has an office in Edinburgh. The Secretary of State for Scotland (Rùnaire Stàite na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is the chief minister in the government of the United Kingdom with responsibilites for Scotland, at the head of the Scotland Office (formerly The Scottish Office). ... The Right Honourable Alistair Maclean Darling (born November 28, 1953, London) is a British politician for the Labour Party, and is Secretary of State for Transport and separately Secretary of State for Scotland. ... The Secretary of State for Transport is the member of the cabinet responsible for the British Department for Transport. ... A Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, in the United Kingdom government structure, is a minister who is junior to a Minister of State who is then junior to a Secretary of State. ... David Cairns could be David Cairns the Scottish politician David Cairns the writer This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Her Majestys Advocate General for Scotland is one of the Law Officers of the Crown, whose duty is to advise the Crown and Government on the law. ... Lynda Margaret Clark, Baroness Clark of Calton (born 26 February 1949) is a Scottish politician, formerly the Labour Member of Parliament for Edinburgh Pentlands and Advocate General for Scotland. ... This article is about the British House of Lords. ...


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Scotland Office - definition of Scotland Office in Encyclopedia (160 words)
The Scotland Office is a department of the United Kingdom government, responsible for reserved Scottish affairs.
Until the advent of devolution and the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive it was a major department led by the Secretary of State for Scotland.
There is no longer a separate office of Secretary of State for Scotland, this now being a separate function held by another member of the Cabinet.
Secretary of State for Scotland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (781 words)
The Secretary of State for Scotland (Rùnaire Stàite na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is the chief minister in the government of the United Kingdom with responsibilites for Scotland, at the head of the Scotland Office (formerly The Scottish Office).
By 1885 the job had become too onerous and a separate post of Secretary for Scotland was created, which was usually (though not always) in the Cabinet.
The 1999 Scottish devolution has meant The Scottish Office's powers were divided, with most transferred to the new Scottish Executive or to other UK Government Departments, leaving only limited role for the new Scotland Office.
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