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 Secretary of State for Scotland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Secretary of State for Scotland (Rùnaire Stàite na h-Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is the chief minister in the government of the United Kingdom with responsibilites for Scotland, at the head of the Scotland Office (formerly The Scottish Office).
By 1885 the job had become too onerous and a separate post of Secretary for Scotland was created, which was usually (though not always) in the Cabinet.
The 1999 Scottish devolution has meant The Scottish Office's powers were divided, with most transferred to the new Scottish Executive or to other UK Government Departments, leaving only limited role for the new Scotland Office.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Secretary_of_State_for_Scotland   (781 words)

 Scotland: Gateway to Scotland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A Secretary of State for Scotland remains part of the UK Cabinet, and is supported by the Scotland Office (previously the Scottish Office) based in Glasgow, with offices in Edinburgh and London.
Scotland has given rise to many more famous people, notable in the arts, literature, the sciences and as inventors, philosophers, architects and so on, than would be expected for a country of such modest size and population.
Scotland was a wealthy country through until the beginning of the 14th Century, when Edward I of England (known as the "Hammer of the Scots") was determined to incorporate Scotland into the English crown.
www.geo.ed.ac.uk /home/scotland/scotland.html   (1630 words)

 Scotland Office jobs lost to capital - Evening Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
A Scotland Office spokesman insisted the closure of the office was not a snub to the city.
The transfer is part of a package which will reduce the number of Scotland Office jobs by 31 - the other 13 have gone either through not filling vacancies or by the transfer of responsibilities to the Scottish Executive.
Further reductions in the Scotland Office staff are also expected through redeployment to the Scottish Executive or within Whitehall's Department of Constitutional Affairs.
www.eveningtimes.co.uk /print/news/5019134.shtml   (210 words)

 Scotsman.com News - Politics - Potty spending of Scotland Office revealed   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Since the Scottish Parliament was established in 1999, the Scotland Office has had very few responsibilities in government, and its staff has dwindled to 58, some of whom work part-time.
In total, between April 2000 and March 2004, the Scotland Office spent £7,857 on plants - £7,529 of that figure on foliage hired from specialist firms who also maintain and water the greenery; and £328 was spent on bought plants.
Scotland Office ministers are also responsible for the legislation controlling Scottish representation at Westminster, and recently oversaw this year’s cut in the number of Scottish MPs from 72 to 59.
news.scotsman.com /politics.cfm?id=136692005   (788 words)

 BTO Scotland
Scotland's bird life is quite different from that of the rest of the UK, characterised by birds typical of northern climes, some of them found in internationally important numbers.
BTO Scotland ensures that the work the Trust does is not just related to the priorities of the UK as a whole but is also focused on the priorities of Scotland, with a landscape and wildlife so different from the rest of the UK.
For the first two years, the BTO Scotland office was at the SOC's Edinburgh headquarters, relocating to the grounds of Stirling University Campus when the SOC moved in Spring 2002.
www.bto.org /regional/btoscotland.htm   (736 words)

 BBC NEWS | Scotland | Scotland Office sheds jobs
Staffing levels are being reduced from 96 to 65 across the Scotland Office, with many of the civil servants affected being transferred to other departments or to the Scottish Executive.
Ministers say it is a rationalisation in line with the re-organisation of the Scotland Office announced by the prime minister in June.
The reshuffle saw Mr Darling assuming the job of speaking for Scotland in the Commons but the Scotland Office was incorporated into the new Department for Constitutional Affairs under the leadership of Lord Falconer.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/scotland/3093646.stm   (349 words)

 Scotland on Sunday - Opinion - Is this the end for the Scotland Office?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The 121 staff working at the Scotland Office, along with the former junior Scotland minister Anne McGuire, have been shifted into the new Department for Constitutional Affairs, headed by Lord Falconer.
Most significantly, its palatial £2m base at Dover House, occupied by the Scotland Office since 1885, is being eyed by heads of fellow departments that survived the reshuffle.
Scots MPs, who complain that the Scotland Office changes were sprung upon them, warn that it could reduce Scotland’s influence at Westminster.
scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com /opinion.cfm?id=662072003   (429 words)

 General Register Office for Scotland
Count ME in Scotland is a project which aims to encourage schools to learn about the national Census and to make use of past and present Census material...
Welcome to the website of the General Register Office for Scotland (GROS).  We are part of the devolved Scottish Administration.  We are responsible for the registration of births, marriages, civil partnerships, deaths, divorces, and adoptions.
How to register a birth, death or civil partnership, or get married in Scotland, order birth, death or marriage certificates, get information on adoption and more..
www.gro-scotland.gov.uk   (226 words)

 Office of the Advocate General for Scotland Home Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Advocate General for Scotland is a Minister of the Crown and is one of the three UK Law Officers, along with the Attorney General and the Solicitor General for England and Wales.
The Scotland Act also requires that the Advocate General be provided with notice of all devolution issues as defined in Schedule 6 to that Act raised in the courts and separately confers the power to raise proceedings on such issues.
The annual reports of the Scotland Office can be found here and contain information about the administration of the offices of the Advocate General.
www.oag.gov.uk   (441 words)

 Encyclopedia: General Register Office of Scotland
General Register Office of Scotland is a government agency, accountable to Scottish ministers, that registers births, deaths and marriages in Scotland.
The agency also provides monitoring and estimation of the population of Scotland.
Scotland (Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is a country in northwest Europe and a constituent nation of the United Kingdom.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/General-Register-Office-of-Scotland   (140 words)

 BBC News | SCOTLAND | Post office package under fire
Proposals to allow customers the right of appeal against moves to close or relocate their local post offices in Scotland have been described as "meaningless".
The UK Government said the new powers, to be included in the Post Office Bill, underline its commitment to a nationwide post office network where people have convenient access to services near to their homes.
Scotland Office Minister Brian Wilson acknowledged that Scotland has been particularly badly hit - with the post office playing a central role in the life of remote parts of the country.
news.bbc.co.uk /2/hi/uk_news/scotland/579804.stm   (390 words)

 General Register Office for Scotland - Getting married in Scotland
The attached is a guide to the form a civil marriage ceremony might take and registrars are more than happy to confirm in advance the form of words to be used during the ceremony.
In Scotland a religious marriage may be solemnised only by a minister, clergyman, pastor, priest or other person entitled to do so under the Marriage (Scotland) Act 1977.
The Marriage (Scotland) Act was passed by the Scottish Parliament on 27 February 2002, received Royal Assent on 4 April 2002 and came fully into force on 25 April 2002.
www.gro-scotland.gov.uk /grosweb/grosweb.nsf/pages/gromar   (1479 words)

 Government from Rampant Scotland Directory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Local Government in Scotland was reorganised on 1 April 1996 (no jokes, please) and the new council areas are shown on a large (200kb) active map.
Young Enterprise Scotland (YES) is an education business partnership activity offering young people who are still at school, or college, the opportunity to form and run their own companies to develop enterprise and personal skills through "learning by doing".
It seeks to give leadership to the health education effort in Scotland by playing its part in ensuring that people have adequate information about health and the factors which influence it and participates in health promotion at all levels of society and influences policy-makers to recognise possible health consequences of their activities.
www.rampantscotland.com /government.htm   (2169 words)

 Arthur's Seat: Scotland Office - Cabinet Paper #1
The priority for the new team at the Scotland Office must be to reform the structures of government in North Britain.
The First Minister of Scotland will be directly elected and will draw his or her cabinet from outside the Scottish Parliament.
Scotland's 32 councils will be replaced with city-regions aligned with the newly proposed regional transport partnerships and also sharing boundaries (as far as possible) with the new community health partnerships (for further detail on local government reform see Cabinet Paper #3).
arthursseat.blogs.com /arthurs_seat/2005/09/scotland_office.html   (607 words)

 Forestry Commission - News - forest enterprise scotland head office functions to be shared between inverness and ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The retention of both offices will, therefore, be guaranteed for the foreseeable future as FE Scotland maintains a dispersed organisation.
Within Scotland, the former Forest Enterprise GB agency had its headquarters in Edinburgh, Territorial Offices in Inverness and Dumfries, and 15 Forest District Offices.
FC Scotland remains part of the Forestry Commission, but serves as the Scottish Executive’s forestry department and is funded by the Scottish Parliament.
www.forestry.gov.uk /newsrele.nsf/AllByUNID/4952EFD1A57A62F880256D86005D0EFB?Open&PrintFriendly=y   (461 words)

 The Assay Office - Scotland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Assay Office in Edinburgh, the only one in Scotland, is an independent, privately funded business, owned by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh.
In 1681 the Deacon of the Incorporation appointed the first Assay Master to oversee the running of the Assay Office and in the same year the Assay Office began the practice of applying a letter of the alphabet as part of the hallmark, to denote the year in which an item was marked.
The Edinburgh Assay Office, which covers the whole of Scotland, has within recent years grown substantially in size and reputation, winning UK industry awards for its customer service and the quality of its workmanship.
assayofficescotland.com /assay.html   (697 words)

 É and Liddell's house of cards: how the Scotland Office fell apart - [Sunday Herald]
And after her departure from a job she said ÔÔdidn't excite the adrenaline'' she predicted that the man in charge of the new constitutional affairs department, Lord Falconer, was Ònot ready for the nastiness and viciousness that is the downside of Scottish politics''.
In December of last year she said she told family and close friends that unless the Scotland Office was expanded to include new ministerial responsibilities Ð or she herself was promoted within the government Ð then she would return to the backbenches.
This is the downside that she says resulted in staff at the Scotland Office coming ÔÔunder fire from all sides'' and struggling to keep motivated.
www.sundayherald.com /34599   (1707 words)

 City of Memphis Taking Over County Licensing Duties
Now Scotland County residents will also be heading to City Hall, this time at the end of the month to renew their driver’s licenses and register motor vehicles with the state.
Traditionally county license offices are tied to the governor’s office and partisan politics.
That proved to be the case in Scotland County this year when a number of interested parties petitioned the Scotland County Republican Committee to support their applications to be appointed the state’s license office in the county.
www.memphisdemocrat.com /2005/news/050303_license.shtml   (391 words)

 Christian Aid Scotland Office Addresses and Opening Times
Offices organise events, produce local newsletters, support Christian Aid Committees - particularly in the run-up to Christian Aid Week, preach/speak to groups, schools and churches and host programmes for Christian Aid's overseas partners visiting the UK and Ireland.
Scotland has its own distinctive political, educational and media institutions, so the team has a press officer, two youth co-ordinators, an educational specialist and a denominational appeals officer who works with the sponsoring churches.
Christian Aid enjoys a close relationship with the Churches in Scotland as well as with other Scottish agencies such as Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (SCIAF) and Oxfam, and is a member of Action of Churches Together in Scotland (ACT).
www.christian-aid.org.uk /ukireland/scotland   (260 words)

 Abbeyfield Society retirement housing throughout Scotland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Abbeyfield Scotland is the umbrella organisation that supports the member and affiliate societies across Scotland on issues as diverse as advice on care and the needs of older people to health and safety issues.
To do this, the Scotland office is backed up by 8 area secretaries, experienced and committed volunteers who provide this support on a more local basis.
Through liaison between the local societies, area secretaries, the Scotland office and the Abbeyfield Society UK, we are making a real difference to the lives of older people in Scotland.
www.scotland.abbeyfield.com   (475 words)

 GENUKI: Introduction to Scottish Family History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Census returns for 1841-1891 can be consulted at the General Register Office in Edinburgh and copies on microfilm may be consulted in LDS Family History Centres around the world.
The third main source of records in the General Register Office are those of the Church of Scotland prior to 1855.
Next door to New Register House (General Register Office) is the National Archives of Scotland, formerly known as the Scottish Record Office.
www.genuki.org.uk /big/sct/intro.html   (1799 words)

 Scotland Office -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The Scotland Office is a department of the (A monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland) United Kingdom government, responsible for reserved (The dialect of English used in Scotland) Scottish affairs.
There is no longer a separate office of Secretary of State for Scotland, this now being a separate function held by another member of the (A cupboard-like repository or piece of furniture with doors and shelves and drawers; for storage or display) Cabinet.
The Advocate General, as a Law Officer, also has an office in Edinburgh.
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/s/sc/scotland_office.htm   (175 words)

 Scotland: Genealogy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
We are very lucky in Scotland to have a fairly good system of records for those wishing to trace their family histories.
Compulsory registration of Births, Deaths and Marriages was introduced in 1855 and these records are accessible and held by the General Register Office for Scotland.
General Register Office (Scotland) responsible for the registration of births, deaths and marriages (An alphabetic index of their information is also available).
www.geo.ed.ac.uk /home/scotland/genealogy.html   (657 words)

 GENUKI: Scotland Topics - Church Records
Church of Scotland records after that date, as well as records of a number of non-conformist churches (e.g.
Catholic, Episcopalian, Free Church) are usually held at the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Most Kirk Session records are held in the National Archives of Scotland in Edinburgh and can be fascinating.
www.genuki.org.uk /big/sct/ChurchRecords.html   (663 words)

 Scotsman.com News - UK - Liddell's job in danger as Blair gets ready to scrap Scotland Office   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
TONY Blair is poised to scrap the Scotland Office in a Cabinet reshuffle next week and merge its responsibilities with the Welsh Office.
According to senior sources, Mr Blair is planning to announce the demise of the Scotland Office in a reshuffle understood to be planned for Thursday next week.
A spokeswoman for the Scotland Office last night dismissed as "meaningless speculation" claims that Mrs Liddell’s days in government were numbered.
news.scotsman.com /uk.cfm?id=627062003   (752 words)

 House of Commons Hansard Debates for 4 Feb 2003 (pt 2)
Details of the Department's staffing will be contained in the Scotland Office departmental report, which will be published in the spring.
The Scotland Office did not exist before devolution; it was established in 1999.
On the wider contribution to the Scottish economy, it is estimated that a total of 43,000 jobs in Scotland are supported by the industry, 7,000 of which are in the more rural areas, including, I believe, the hon.
www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk /pa/cm200203/cmhansrd/vo030204/debtext/30204-02.htm   (1446 words)

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