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WOMEN MINISTERS IN DEVOLVED GOVERNMENTS

Scotland has eleven cabinet ministers (including the Lord Advocate) of whom four are women (36%) and ten deputy ministers (including the Solicitor General), one of whom is a woman. Wales has nine cabinet ministers, four of whom (4 per cent) are women and four deputy ministers of whom three (75%) are women. Although the number of women in the Welsh cabinet has dropped from the 50% of 2003, it remains at a respectable 46.7% representation. Northern Ireland has thirteen cabinet ministers (including the First and Deputy First Ministers) and two junior ministers of which four are women (27%). Arlene Foster (DUP) served briefly as the Northern Ireland First Minister in early 2010 during Peter Robinson's brief stepping down from the post.

Table 1: Current women ministers in devolved governments (as at 11 March 2011)

Name

Office

Dates

Scotland

Elish Angiolini Lord Advocate
2001-date
Roseanna Cunningham (SNP) Minister for the Environment
2009-date
Fiona Hyslop (SNP) Minister for Culture and External Affairs
2009-date
Shona Robison (SNP) Minister for Public Health and Sport
2007-date
Nicola Sturgeon (SNP) Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-being
2007-date

Wales

Jane Davidson (LAB)

Minister of Environment, Sustainability and Housing

2007-date

Jocelyn Davies (Plaid Cymru) Deputy Minister of Housing and Regeneration
2007-date
Leslie Griffiths (LAB) Deputy Minister of Science, Innovation and Skills
2009-date

Edwina Hart (LAB)

Minister of Health and Social Services

2007-date

Jane Hutt

Minister for Business & Budget

2009-date

Elin Jones (Plaid Cymru) Minister of Rural Affairs
2007-date
Gwenda Thomas (LAB) Deputy Minister of Social Services
2007-date

Northern Ireland

Arlene Foster (DUP) Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Investment
2008-date
Michelle O'Neill (SF) Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development
2011-date
Carál Ní Chuilín (SF) Minster for Culture, Arts and Leisure
2011-date

 

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