The Scotland Office
, usually known as the Scottish Office
is an arm of the United Kingdom
government, responsible for Scottish
affairs. Until the advent of devolution
and the Scottish Parliament
and the Scottish Executive
it was a major department led by the Secretary of State for Scotland
. Since devolution its powers were limited to reserve powers excercised infequently, and it is now a branch of the Department of Constitutional Affairs.
There is no longer a separate office of Secretary of State for Scotland, this now being a secondary function held by another member of the Cabinet.