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The Minister for Community Safety is a Junior ministerial post in the Scottish Government. As a result, the minister does not attend the Scottish Cabinet. The post was created in May 2007 after the appointment of the Scottish National Party minority administration and the minister reports to the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, who has overall responsibility for the portfolio, and is a member of cabinet. The Minister for Community Safety has specific responsibility for anti-social behaviour, sectarianism, human rights and fire and rescue services. Community safety, civil contingencies, drugs policy and related matters, liquor licensing, vulnerable witnesses, victim support and civil law, charity law, religious and faith organisations are other matters for which the minister has responsibility.

List of office holders

The current Minister for Community Safety is Fergus Ewing MSP.

Deputy Minister for Justice

Name Entered Office Left Office Party
1. Angus MacKay 19 May, 1999 02 November, 2000 Labour
2. Iain Gray 02 November, 2000 28 November, 2001 Labour
3. Richard Simpson 28 November, 2001 26 November, 2002 Labour
4. Hugh Henry 28 November, 2002 14 November, 2006 Labour
5. Johann Lamont 16 November, 2006 17 May, 2007 Labour


Minister for Community Safety

Name Entered Office Left Office Party
6. Fergus Ewing 17 May, 2007 Incumbent Scottish National Party


History

From 1999 to 2007 responsibility for Community Safety rested with the Minister for Justice and the Deputy Minister for Justice. The Salmond government, elected following the the Scottish Parliament election, 2007 created the junior post of the Minister for Community Safety who assists the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, in the Scottish Executive Justice Department.

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