Scotland Office

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland supports the Secretary of State in promoting the best interests of Scotland within a stronger United Kingdom. It ensures Scottish interests are fully and effectively represented at the heart of the UK Government, and the UK Government’s responsibilities are fully and effectively represented in Scotland.

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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Alister Jack MP
Secretary of State for Scotland
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Lord Keen of Elie
Advocate General for Scotland
Mr Robin Walker MP
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
Shadow Ministers
Lord Davidson of Glen Clova (Labour)
Shadow Advocate-General for Scotland
Shadow Secretaries
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)
Ian Murray (Labour)
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland
Lord Davidson of Glen Clova (Labour)
Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland)
Lord Bruce of Bennachie (Liberal Democrat)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Scotland)
Mhairi Black (Scottish National Party)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)
Shadow Ministers
Chris Elmore (Labour)
Shadow Minister (Scotland)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

4 Aug 2020, 1 p.m.
The UK Government's Internal Market proposals will strengthen devolution and protect Scottish jobs and businesses. - Link
4 Aug 2020, noon
The UK Government’s £160 billion coronavirus support package is supporting businesses in Scotland through the coronavirus pandemic. Find out more at - Link
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Scotland Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
May. 20 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jun. 04 Urgent Questions Abortion Regulations: Northern Ireland
Oct. 29 Westminster Hall Northern Ireland Economy and Innovation: Government Support
Mar. 17 Adjournment Debate St Patrick’s Day
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Scotland Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.

Scotland Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
6 May 2020
In Force
Not stated
Scotland Office Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (Information-sharing and Scottish Child Payment) (Consequential Provision and Modifications) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
In consequence of the range of information necessary for the proper administration of social security functions, this Order provides a mechanism for the sharing of information relevant to devolved Scottish social security functions between Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) and the Scottish Ministers. It also amends social security legislation in Great Britain as a consequence of the making of regulations under section 79 of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (asp 9) to provide for a top-up payment (“the Scottish Child Payment”) to be made in respect of various reserved benefits.
5 May 2020
In Force
1 Sep 2020
Scotland Office Scottish National Investment Bank Act 2020 (Consequential Provision) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order makes provision consequential on the Scottish National Investment Bank Act 2020. The Order disapplies section 22(3)(a) of the Companies Act 2006 in relation to the Scottish National Investment Bank p.l.c. (“the Bank”), a company established in accordance with the Scottish National Investment Bank Act 2020.
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Scotland Office Select Committee

Scotland Office Select Committee Home Page

Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.

At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.

Scotland Office Publications

Scotland Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
22 Jul 2020, 2:27 p.m. Coronavirus: Scotland Mhairi Black


To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what comparative assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the lockdown restrictions that have been implemented due to the covid-19 outbreak in Scotland and England.

Answer (Mr Alister Jack)

All four nations of the UK entered lockdown at the same point, and the UK Government and the Devolved Administrations have all gradually eased public health restrictions at the point their Ministers have judged best, in accordance with the devolution settlements. There is more to be done to tackle the virus and while the UK Government is adapting in light of the evidence so far, it is premature to review comprehensively the effectiveness of the lockdown restrictions across the UK.

The UK Government works closely with the Devolved Administrations on tackling Covid-19 and has allocated around £4.6 billion to support public services in Scotland, alongside an unprecedented package of UK-wide support for businesses and individuals, including the furlough and self-employed support scheme which have made the lockdown possible and supported nearly 900,000 jobs across Scotland.

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