Dewar government

The Dewar government (17 May 1999 – 11 October 2000) 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.[1]

Dewar government
1st devolved government of Scotland
Date formed17 May 1999
Date dissolved11 October 2000
People and organisations
MonarchElizabeth II
First MinisterDonald Dewar
Member partyLabour Party
Liberal Democrats
Status in legislatureMajority (coalition)
Election(s)1999 general election
Legislature term(s)1st Scottish Parliament
SuccessorMcLeish government

List of ministers


Post Minister Term Party
First Minister The Rt Hon. Donald Dewar MSPMay 1999Oct. 2000Labour Party
Deputy First Minister
Minister for Justice
Jim Wallace QC MSPLiberal Democrats
Minister for Children and Education Sam Galbraith MSPLabour Party
Minister for Social Inclusion, Local Government and Housing Wendy Alexander MSP
Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Henry McLeish MSP
Minister for Finance Jack McConnell MSP
Minister for Health and Community Care Susan Deacon MSP
Chief Whip and Government Business Manager Tom McCabe MSP
Minister for Rural Affairs Ross Finnie MSPLiberal Democrats
Minister for Transport and the Environment Sarah Boyack MSPLabour Party
Lord Advocate The Rt Hon. The Lord Hardie PC QCMay 1999–Feb. 2000
The Rt Hon. Colin Boyd QCFeb. 2000–Oct. 2000

Junior ministers[2]

Post Minister Term Party
Deputy Minister for Children and Education Peter Peacock MSPMay 1999–Oct. 2000Labour Party
Deputy Minister for Culture and Sport Rhona Brankin MSP
Deputy Minister for Social Inclusion, Equality and the Voluntary Sector Jackie Baillie MSP
Deputy Minister for Local Government Frank McAveety MSP
Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning Nicol Stephen MSPLiberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Highlands and Islands and Gaelic Alasdair Morrison MSPLabour Party
Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care Iain Gray MSP
Deputy Minister for Justice (with particular responsibility for Land Reform) Angus MacKay MSP
Deputy Business Manager and Liberal Democrat Whip Iain Smith MSPLiberal Democrats
Deputy Minister for Rural Affairs (with particular responsibility for Fisheries) John Home Robertson MSPLabour Party
Solicitor General for Scotland Colin Boyd QCMay 1999Feb. 2000
Neil Davidson QCFeb. 2000–Oct. 2000


Lord Hardie unexpectedly resigned from his post as Lord Advocate on 17 February 2000. The post was filled by the then Solicitor General, Colin Boyd, who was in turn replaced by Neil Davidson.[3]


  1. "'Father of nation' dies". BBC News. 11 October 2000. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  2. "Ministers, Law Officers and Ministerial Parliamentary Aides by Cabinet: Session 1" (PDF). Scottish Parliament. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2017.
  3. "Swift response over Hardie resignation". BBC News. 17 February 2000. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
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