Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Scotland)

Iain Stewart MP

Biography

Iain Stewart was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State in the Scotland Office on 2 June 2020.

He was previously a Government Whip (Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury) from December 2019 to June 2020.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Scotland)

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is the UK Government department representing Scotland. It acts as the custodian of the Scottish devolution settlement, represents Scottish interests within the UK Government, and advocates for the UK Government’s policies in Scotland.

The role of the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State is to support the Secretary of State for Scotland in fulfilling these duties.

Their responsibilities include:

  • Strengthening the Union
  • Energy, including:
    • oil and gas
    • renewables
  • Business and economy, including:
    • agriculture and fisheries
    • food and drink
    • manufacturing
    • retail and tourism
    • financial services
  • Investment and infrastructure, including:
    • City Region and Growth Deals
    • Industrial Strategy
    • digital and connectivity
    • transport and aviation
  • Higher education and academia
  • Immigration
  • Welfare

More about this role

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Previous roles in government

  1. Government Whip, Lord Commissioner of HM Treasury
  2. Assistant Government Whip

Announcements

  1. Save up to £2,000 with Tax-Free Childcare in Scotland
  2. UK Government announces multi million pound funding for Moray College Hub at RAF Lossiemouth
  3. UK Government invests £150,000 in Scottish research projects to boost jobs and create skills
  4. First Flagship UK Government hub in Scotland completed
  5. Ministerial appointments at the office of the Secretary of State for Scotland