Scott served in the Northern Ireland Office as an Under-Secretary of State from 15 September 1981 to 11 September 1986, and thereafter as a Minister of State until 13 June 1987. His strong defence of the Anglo-Irish Agreement made him unpopular with unionists who dubbed him 'Minister of Discord'.
- John Barnes, Sir Nicholas Scott, The Independent, 10 January 2005.
- David Butler and Gareth Butler, Twentieth Century British Political Facts 1900-2000, Macmillan, 2000, p.41.
- W.D Flackes, & Sydney Elliott, Northern Ireland: A Political Directory 1968-88, Blackstaff Press, 1989, p.250.