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The Fraser of Allander Institute is Scotland's leading independent economic research institute.
Over the last 40 years, the Fraser has developed an unrivalled knowledge and understanding of the Scottish economy and is Scotland's expert authority on economic policy issues.
The Fraser is also widely regarded as a leading provider of forecasting, appraisal and economic consultancy services with a diverse client base from across the public, private and third sectors.
Morton Fraser are a thriving, top ten Scottish law firm delivering clear advice to businesses, the public sector, individuals and families.
With over 260 people working with them, they provide highly rated legal services across the UK, and have links to over 160 international firms.
Their people work from their three offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London advising clients throughout the UK as well as internationally. Their offices are located in premises that do justice to their modern approach to legal work and their use of information technology.
Their clear and straight talking approach coupled with care and attention to detail are what sets them apart. They see things in ways that others don’t and tell it like it is. No surprises and no confusion. They believe in treating others the way they expect to be treated themselves.
They know that clarity is fundamental to great advice. Their promise to you is that they will be clear with you at every stage of your relationship.
The Scottish Government is the executive arm of the devolved government for Scotland.
The Scottish Government, known as the Scottish Executive prior to 2007, is responsible in Scotland for all issues that are not explicitly reserved to the United Kingdom Parliament at Westminster by Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
Devolved matters include health, education, justice, home affairs, rural affairs, economic development and transport.
The Scottish Government is led by a First Minister, nominated by the Scottish Parliament and by the Queen, who then appoints a Ministerial team, with the approval of Parliament, from the elected MSPs. The Scottish Law Officers, the Lord Advocate and Solicitor General, can be appointed from outside the Parliament's membership, but are subject to its approval. The First Minister, the Cabinet Secretaries and the Scottish Law Officers are members of the Scottish Government. They are collectively known as the 'Scottish Ministers'.
Parliamentary elections in Scotland, initiated in 1999 when the Scottish Parliament was re-convened after a gap of almost 300 years, are now held every five years.
Of 129 MSPs 73 are elected from first-past-the-post constituencies with a further 56 are returned from eight regions, each of which elect seven MSPs as a form of mixed member proportional representation.
New Administrations are appointed after each election.
Previous Administrations have served for the periods
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