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.
A Cabinet is a body of high-ranking state officials, typically consisting of the top leaders of the executive branch. Members of a cabinet are usually called Cabinet ministers or secretaries. The function of a Cabinet varies: in some countries it is a collegiate decision-making body with collective responsibility, while in others it may function either as a purely advisory body or an assisting institution to a decision making head of state or head of government. Cabinets are typically the body responsible for the day-to-day management of the government and response to sudden events, whereas the legislative and judicial branches work in a measured pace, in sessions according to lengthy procedures.
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.
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.
Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
|Name||Entered Office||Left Office||Party|
|1.||Henry McLeish||19 May 1999||26 October 2000||Labour Party|
|2.||Wendy Alexander||1 November 2000||28 November 2001||Labour Party|
Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning
|3.||Wendy Alexander||28 November 2001||3 May 2002||Labour Party|
|4.||Iain Gray||28 November 2001||1 May 2003||Labour Party|
Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning
|Name||Entered Office||Left Office||Party|
|5.||Jim Wallace||21 May 2003||27 June 2005||Liberal Democrats|
|6.||Nicol Stephen||27 June 2005||17 May 2007||Liberal Democrats|
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