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

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland

Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Lord Stewart of Dirleton - Advocate General for Scotland

Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

16 Apr 2021, 11:54 a.m.
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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
Nov. 18 Urgent Questions Northern Ireland Protocol: Implementation Proposals
Feb. 25 Written Statements Contingencies Fund Advance
Nov. 11 Westminster Hall Pat Finucane
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
14 Apr 2021
In Force
Not stated
Scotland Office UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2021
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
This Order makes provision consequential on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Act 2021 (“the Act”). The Act establishes Environmental Standards Scotland (“ESS”) and makes provision about its functions. ESS is known as Ìrean Àrainneachdail na h-Alba in Gaelic.
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.
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Departmental Select Committee

Scottish Affairs Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.

11 Members of the Scottish Affairs Committee
Pete Wishart Portrait
Pete Wishart (Scottish National Party - Perth and North Perthshire)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 27 Jan 2020
Mhairi Black Portrait
Mhairi Black (Scottish National Party - Paisley and Renfrewshire South)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
Andrew Bowie Portrait
Andrew Bowie (Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
Deidre Brock Portrait
Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
Wendy Chamberlain Portrait
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat - North East Fife)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
Alberto Costa Portrait
Alberto Costa (Conservative - South Leicestershire)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
Jon Cruddas Portrait
Jon Cruddas (Labour - Dagenham and Rainham)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
Sally-Ann Hart Portrait
Sally-Ann Hart (Conservative - Hastings and Rye)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
John Lamont Portrait
John Lamont (Conservative - Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
Liz Twist Portrait
Liz Twist (Labour - Blaydon)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4 May 2020
Douglas Ross Portrait
Douglas Ross (Conservative - Moray)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 15 Jun 2020
Scottish Affairs Committee: Upcoming Events
Scottish Affairs Committee - Private Meeting
21 Apr 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Welfare policy in Scotland
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Scottish Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
<i>At 11.30am: Oral evidence</i><br/>Donna Fordyce - Chief Executive at Seafood Scotland<br/>Elspeth Macdonald - Chief Executive at Scottish Fisherman's Federation<br/>Hamish MacDonell - Director of Strategic Engagement at Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation<br/><i>At 12.30pm: Oral evidence</i><br/>David Duguid MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Scotland Office<br/>Nick Leake - Deputy Director and Head of Policy Division at Scotland Office<br/>
22 Apr 2021, 11 a.m.
Fisheries and Scotland
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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
26 Mar 2021, midnight DNACPR Decisions: Scotland Andrew Bowie (Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)

Question to the Scotland Office:

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, following on from the Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) review by the Care Quality Commission in England, which found 508 cases where decisions had been taken which may have broken the Equality Act 2010, if he will order a similar review into DNACPR decisions in Scotland.

Answered by Alister Jack - Secretary of State for Scotland

DHSC has been clear that blanket application of DNACPRs is unacceptable and that standards and quality of care should be maintained even in pressurised circumstances.

It is important that we work across the health and care system, throughout the whole of the UK, to build understanding of the role DNACPR decisions play in high quality personalised care. Any advanced care decisions, including DNACPRs, must be discussed with patients and families, who must be given all the relevant information and any critical decisions must be made on an individual basis.

As Public Health is a devolved matter, I would call on the incoming Scottish Government, following Scottish elections in May, to listen to patients, families and care organisations who have serious concerns about the use of DNACPR orders during the covid pandemic.

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