Devolved Administrations

Devolved Administrations (Government) in United Kingdom

List of Devolved Administrations (Government)

  • Northern Ireland Executive
  • The Scottish Government
  • Welsh Government

Northern Ireland Executive

The Northern Ireland Executive is the administrative branch of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the devolved legislature for Northern Ireland. It is responsible for matters including enterprise, trade and investment, agriculture and rural development, education, health, policing and justice, environment and regional development.

Northern Ireland Departments

  • Office of the First Minister & Deputy First Minister
  • Dept of Agriculture & Rural Development
  • Dept of Culture, Arts & Leisure
  • Dept of Education
  • Dept for Employment & Learning
  • Dept of Enterprise, Trade & Investment
  • Dept of the Environment
  • Dept of Finance & Personnel
  • Dept of Health, Social Services & Public Safety
  • Dept of Justice
  • Dept for Regional Developmente
  • Dept for Social Development

The Scottish Government

The devolved government for Scotland is responsible for most of the issues of day-to-day concern to the people of Scotland, including health, education, justice, rural affairs, and transport.

The Scottish Government was known as the Scottish Executive when it was established in 1999 following the first elections to the Scottish Parliament.

The Strategy for Justice in Scotland “shows how the Scottish Government and justice organisations will achieve this vision and continuously improve the Scottish justice system. The justice system includes the many people and organisations who work to keep our communities safe and to administer justice in its various forms: civil, criminal and administrative.

No one part of the justice system can improve the whole justice system on its own. Working together, while respecting the proper separation of organisational powers, is crucial to deliver an effective and efficient justice system.

This strategy uses clear evidence for decisions and makes us focus on the outcomes of our work. It ensures we are ambitious and innovative in all that we do so that we succeed in creating a justice system which best serves the people of Scotland.”

Welsh Government

he Welsh Government is the devolved government for Wales. Welsh Government is a devolved administration, supported by 3 agencies and public bodies.

Headed by the First Minister of Wales, the Welsh Government is responsible for areas such as health, education, language and culture and public services.

The Welsh Government is separate from the British Government, which retains responsibility for UK-wide areas such as tax, defence, foreign policy and benefits. Wales’ voice in the UK Government is represented by the Secretary of State for Wales in the Wales Office.

The First Minister of Wales heads the Welsh Government. Together with Welsh Ministers and the Counsel General they form the Cabinet.


Other Departments, Agencies and Public Bodies

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