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
Mr Robin Walker MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

17 Sep 2020, 1 p.m.
The new £2 billion Kickstart Scheme is underway and will create thousands of new jobs for young people in Scotland. Businesses are now able to sign up to the scheme. ➡️ - Link
17 Sep 2020, noon
6.3 million meals were eaten in Scotland as part of the landmark Eat Out to Help Out scheme, supporting thousands of hospitality jobs across the country. 🍜🍛🥘 ➡️ - 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
16 Sep 2020
In Force
9 Nov 2020
Scotland Office Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (Young Carer Grants, Short-Term Assistance and Winter Heating Assistance) (Consequential Provision and Modifications) Order 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Made negative procedure
This Order amends social security legislation in Great Britain as a consequence of sections 24 (duty to give assistance), 28 (carer’s assistance), 30 (winter heating assistance), and 36 (short-term assistance) of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (asp 9) (“the 2018 Act”), and regulations made under section 28 of the 2018 Act. The regulations in relation to which consequential provision is made in this Order are the Carer’s Assistance (Young Carer Grants) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 (S.S.I. 2019/324), made under section 28 of the 2018 Act.
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.
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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
15 Sep 2020, 4:13 p.m. Mothers and Pregnancy: Scotland Dr Lisa Cameron


To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Government on collaboration to provide improved support for (a) pregnant women and (b) mothers with young children.

Answer (Mr Alister Jack)

Maternal and Child health is a policy matter devolved to the Scottish Government. The UK Government and the Devolved Administrations cooperate and share lessons and best practice in this important policy area through a number of forums, to improve policy across the UK.

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