Executive agencies are established by Ministers as part of Scottish Government departments, or as departments in their own right, to carry out a discrete area of work. Agencies are staffed by civil servants.

Executive agencies were first established following Sir Robin Ibbs' (then head of the Efficiency Unit) "Next Steps" Report in 1988. The intention was that they would take responsibility for, and bring a new, more customer-focused approach to, individual executive (service delivery) functions within government. This would leave their parent departments to concentrate on policy development, although this boundary can be very blurred.

Agencies are not to be confused with non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) such as Scottish Enterprise.[1]

Current Agencies

The following bodies are executive agencies:[2]

Former Agencies


  1. ^ "Scottish Public Body Information". Scottish Government. 18 February 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "National Public Bodies Directory". Scottish Government. 17 June 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.