Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

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The Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning was a cabinet position in the Scottish Executive. The position was first created in the 1999 as part of the Dewar government and continued into the McLeish cabinet. Following the election of Jack McConnell as First Minister in 2001 transportation was added to the portfolio in his first cabinet and then subsequently removed in his second. Following the election of the SNP government under Alex Salmond the responsibility of the post was divided, with Enterprise portfolio given to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and lifelong learning to the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

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Dewar government Scottish Government from 1999 to 2000

The Dewar government 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 government ended with Dewar's death on 11 October 2000.

McLeish government Scottish Government from 2000 to 2001

The McLeish government was formed following the death of Donald Dewar on 11 October 2000 during the 1st Scottish Parliament. Henry McLeish was appointed as First Minister on 27 October 2000. It was a continuation of the Labour–Liberal Democrat coalition that had been formed following the first election to the Scottish Parliament in 1999.

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Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

NameEntered OfficeLeft OfficeParty
1. Henry McLeish 19 May 199926 October 2000 Labour Party
2. Wendy Alexander 1 November 200028 November 2001 Labour Party

Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning

3. Wendy Alexander 28 November 20013 May 2002 Labour Party
4. Iain Gray 28 November 20011 May 2003 Labour Party

Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning

NameEntered OfficeLeft OfficeParty
5. Jim Wallace 21 May 200327 June 2005 Liberal Democrats
6. Nicol Stephen 27 June 200517 May 2007 Liberal Democrats

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