Departments of the Government of the United Kingdom

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The Government of the United Kingdom is divided up into departments. These, according to the government, are responsible for putting government policy into practice.[1] There are currently 23 ministerial departments, 20 non-ministerial departments and 413 agencies and other public bodies.[2]

Ministerial departments[edit]

Ministerial departments are generally the most high-profile government departments and differ from the other two types of government departments in that they include ministers.

List[edit]

Ministerial department Minister responsible Permanent Secretary/Director Ref.
Attorney General's Office The Rt Hon Suella Braverman QC MP
Attorney General for England and Wales and Advocate General for Northern Ireland
Shehzad Charania MBE
(Interim Director General of the Attorney General’s Office)[3]
[2][4][5]
Cabinet Office The Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP
Minister for the Cabinet Office
Alex Chisholm
Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary
[2][6][7]
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sarah Munby [2][8][9]
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport The Rt Hon Nadine Dorries MP
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sarah Healey CB [2][10][11]
Department for Education The Rt Hon James Cleverly MP
Secretary of State for Education
Susan Acland-Hood [2][12][13]
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs The Rt Hon George Eustice MP
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Tamara Finkelstein CB [2][14][15]
Department for International Trade The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
James Bowler CB [2][16][17]
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Vacant
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Jeremy Pocklington [2][18][19]
Department for Transport The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Bernadette Kelly CB [2][20][21]
Department for Work and Pensions The Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Peter Schofield CB [2][22][23]
Department of Health and Social Care The Rt Hon Steve Barclay MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Sir Chris Wormald KCB [2][24][25]
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office The Rt Hon Liz Truss MP
Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE
Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs
[2][26][27]
HM Treasury The Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury
Sir Tom Scholar KCB
Permanent Secretary to the Treasury
[2][28][29]
Home Office The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Matthew Rycroft CBE
Permanent Under-Secretary of State of the Home Office
[2][30][31]
Ministry of Defence The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence
David Williams CB
Permanent Under-Secretary of State for Defence
[2][32][33]
Ministry of Justice The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
Secretary of State for Justice[34][35]
Antonia Romeo [2][36]
Northern Ireland Office Vacant
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Madeleine Alessandri CMG [2][37][38]
Office of the Advocate General for Scotland The Rt Hon The Lord Stewart of Dirleton QC[39][40][41]
Advocate General for Scotland
Neil Taylor, Director and Solicitor to the Advocate General[42] [2][43]
Office of the Leader of the House of Commons[n 1] The Rt Hon Jacob Rees-Mogg MP[44][45]
Leader of the House of Commons and Lord President of the Council
N/A [2][46]
Office of the Leader of the House of Lords[n 1] The Rt Hon The Baroness Evans of Bowes Park MBE PC[44][47]
Leader of the House of Lords and Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal
N/A [2][48]
Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland The Rt Hon Alister Jack DL MP[39][49]
Secretary of State for Scotland
Laurence Rockey, Director[50] [2][51]
Office of the Secretary of State for Wales Vacant
Secretary of State for Wales
Glynne Jones, Director[52] [2][53]
UK Export Finance The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
N/A [2][16][54]

Non-ministerial departments[edit]

Non-ministerial departments are headed by civil servants and usually have a regulatory or inspection function.[55]

List[edit]

Non-ministerial department Ref.
The Charity Commission
Competition and Markets Authority
Crown Prosecution Service
Food Standards Agency
Forestry Commission
Government Actuary's Department
Government Legal Department
HM Land Registry
HM Revenue & Customs
NS&I
The National Archives
National Crime Agency
Office of Rail and Road
Ofgem
Ofqual
Ofsted
Serious Fraud Office
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
UK Statistics Authority
The Water Services Regulation Authority

Agencies and other public bodies[edit]

Government departments in this third and final category can generally be split into five types:[55]

  • Executive agencies, which usually provide government services rather than decide policy
  • Executive non-departmental public bodies, which do work for the government in specific areas
  • Advisory non-departmental public bodies, which provide independent and expert advice to ministers
  • Tribunal non-departmental public bodies, which are part of the justice system and have jurisdiction over a specific area of the law
  • Independent monitoring boards, which are responsible for the running of prisons and the treatment of prisoners

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Part of the Cabinet Office.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How government works". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar "Departments, agencies and public bodies". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Shehzad Charania MBE". GOV.UK.
  4. ^ "Attorney General". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Attorney General's Office". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Minister for the Cabinet Office". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Alex Chisholm". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 20 November 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 10 November 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Sarah Munby". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 23 July 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - GOV.UK". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Sarah Healey". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 13 April 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Secretary of State for Education". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Susan Acland-Hood". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 22 February 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Tamara Finkelstein". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 19 March 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 23 July 2016. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  17. ^ "James Bowler CB". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  18. ^ "Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 23 March 2019. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  19. ^ "Jeremy Pocklington". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Secretary of State for Transport". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Bernadette Kelly CB". GOV.UK. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  22. ^ "Secretary of State for Work and Pensions". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Peter Schofield". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  24. ^ "Secretary of State for Health and Social Care". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  25. ^ "Sir Chris Wormald KCB". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 14 September 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  26. ^ "Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 2 September 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  27. ^ "Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  28. ^ "Chancellor of the Exchequer". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  29. ^ "Tom Scholar". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 19 August 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  30. ^ "Secretary of State for the Home Department". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  31. ^ "Matthew Rycroft CBE". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  32. ^ "Secretary of State for Defence". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  33. ^ "David Williams". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  34. ^ "Responsibilities: Oversight of all portfolios and Ministry of Justice strategy" [1]
  35. ^ "The Rt Hon Robert Buckland QC MP". GOV.UK.
  36. ^ "Antonia Romeo". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  37. ^ "Secretary of State for Northern Ireland". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  38. ^ "Madeleine Alessandri CMG". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 14 January 2020. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  39. ^ a b "The Scotland Office and Office of the Advocate General for Scotland report to the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Advocate General for Scotland respectively." [2]
  40. ^ "HM Advocate General for Scotland - GOV.UK". gov.uk.
  41. ^ "Lord Stewart of Dirleton QC". GOV.UK.
  42. ^ "The Director of OAG is responsible for overseeing all legal services provided by OAG to the UK government, and for overseeing delivery of OAG’s objectives as set out in its Business Plan." [3]
  43. ^ "Office of the Advocate General for Scotland". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  44. ^ a b https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/968352/List-of-Ministerial-Responsibilities.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  45. ^ "About us".
  46. ^ "Office of the Leader of the House of Commons". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  47. ^ "About us".
  48. ^ "Office of the Leader of the House of Lords". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 5 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  49. ^ "Secretary of State for Scotland - GOV.UK". gov.uk.
  50. ^ "Laurence Rockey". GOV.UK.
  51. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 21 January 2018. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  52. ^ "Glynne Jones CBE". GOV.UK.
  53. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State for Wales". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 22 January 2017. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  54. ^ "UK Export Finance". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 20 May 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  55. ^ a b "How government works". gov.uk. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2021.

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