Central Policy Review Staff

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The Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS), nicknamed the "Think-Tank", was an independent unit within the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom tasked with developing long term strategy and co-ordinating policy across government departments.[1] It was established by Edward Heath in February 1971 but was later disbanded by Margaret Thatcher following the 1983 general election.[2]

The CPRS was created in response to The Reorganisation of Central Government white paper published in October 1970.[3]

It had four directors over its 12 year lifetime; Lord Rothschild (1971-1974), Sir Kenneth Berrill (1974-1980), Sir Robin Ibbs (1980-1982) and John Sparrow (1982-1983).[4]

Upon its abolition, some of the functions of the CPRS were transferred to the Downing Street policy unit.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Harrison, Brian Howard (1996). The transformation of British politics, 1860-1995. Oxford University Press. pp. 285–286. ISBN 978-0-19-873121-4. 
  3. ^ "Select Committee on Public Administration; Second Report". London: House of Commons of the United Kingdom. 22 February 2006. Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  4. ^ Greenwood, John R.; Wilson, David Jack (1989). Public administration in Britain today. Routledge. p. 58. ISBN 978-0-04-445195-2.