The Scottish Government Finance Directorates
are a group of civil service Directorates
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in the Scottish Government created by a December 2010 re-organisation.
The individual directorates within the over-arching Finance Directorates report to the Director-General, Alyson Stafford.
There is no direct relationship between Ministers
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and the Directorates. However, the activities of the Directorates include those under the purview of the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney
John Ramsey Swinney is the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth in the Scottish Government and the Scottish National Party Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire North, having previously represented North Tayside...
The over-arching Scottish Government Directorates were preceded by similar structures called "Departments" that no longer exist (although the word is still sometimes used in this context). As an over-arching unit, the Finance Directorates incorporate the Scottish Procurement & Commercial Directorate.
Prior to the creation of the Finance Directorates in 2010, many of their responsibilities were undertaken by the Scottish Government Finance and Corporate Services Directorates
The Scottish Government Finance and Corporate Services Directorates were a set of directorates of the Scottish Government. They were responsible for delivering ministerial support, human resources, legal services and procurement to the other directorates...
and prior to 2007 by the Scottish Executive
The Scottish Government is the executive arm of the devolved government of Scotland. It was established in 1999 as the Scottish Executive, from the extant Scottish Office, and the term Scottish Executive remains its legal name under the Scotland Act 1998...
Finance and Central Services Department
From 1999 until 2007, the Finance and Central Services Department was a civil service department of the Scottish Executive. SEFCSD was responsible for the financial administration of the Executive, including the annual budget and the issue of payments and recording of receipts...