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Scottish Budget Spending Review 2007

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SECTION 2 PORTFOLIO SPENDING PLANS

As indicated in chapter 1, this section provides the individual portfolio spending plans for 2008-09 to 2010-11. Here, we set out the responsibilities for each portfolio and the spending priorities and plans for the next three years.

CHAPTER 9: THE FIRST MINISTER

PORTFOLIO RESPONSIBILITIES

The First Minister's portfolio is responsible for:

  • policy on Europe and external affairs, including the relationship between the Scottish and UK Governments, where the primary aim is to promote Scotland's interests and identity at home and abroad;
  • maximising opportunities for, and participation in, high quality cultural events and the promotion of Gaelic;
  • communicating our message to the people of Scotland and developing the evidence base for strategic policy decisions by supporting research, analytical and statistical services;
  • promoting and protecting Scotland's historic environment; and
  • preserving and making available Scotland's national archives.

Along with our work on constitutional and parliamentary issues, the First Minister's portfolio supports business units across the Scottish Government in delivering the five Strategic Objectives.

Historic Scotland and the National Archives of Scotland are Executive Agencies of the portfolio.

SUMMARY OF KEY SPENDING PRIORITIES FOR THE FIRST MINISTER'S PORTFOLIO

The priorities for the First Minister's portfolio from 2008-09 to 2010-11 are to continue delivery of the responsibilities set out above, in particular by:

  • increasing our International Aid Budget by £3.0m/£3.0m/£6.0m, ensuring that the 2010-11 budget is double that of 2007-08;
  • increasing the support provided for St Andrew's Day celebrations across Scotland by £0.3m/£0.3m/£0.3m to help promote our distinctive national identity and attract tourists;
  • providing £2.0m/£2.0m/£2.0m for the creation of an Edinburgh Festival Expo Fund to promote Scottish work at the Festivals;
  • providing £11.6 million to complete the Royal Museum Project;
  • supporting the national conversation with the people of Scotland about how Scotland is governed, launched with the publication of Choosing Scotland's Future. This will largely be met from existing budgets; and
  • supporting the establishment of Creative Scotland and ensuring the ongoing success of the range of cultural bodies critical to delivering our priorities for culture, including the national collections.

More detail is set out below and in the spending plans in table 9.01 and in chapter 19.

Table 9.01 Spending Plans 2008-11

2008-09 Draft Budget £m

2009-10 Plans £m

2010-11 Plans £m

Europe and External Affairs

15.2

15.2

18.2

Culture and Gaelic

189.1

204.2

211.2

Corporate and Central Budgets

14.4

14.5

15.0

Historic Scotland

51.7

49.3

50.3

National Archives of Scotland

10.3

10.3

10.5

Total

280.7

293.5

305.2