Principal Private Secretary
In the British Civil Service and Australian Public Service the Principal Private Secretary is the civil servant who runs a cabinet minister's private office. The role can be a political appointment or a civil service position.
In popular culture
A classic explanation is provided in the British sitcom Yes Minister.
- Sir Humphrey (the Permanent Secretary) briefs Hacker (the Minister) on the Department's workings:
Hacker: Who else is in this department?
(From the episode "Open Government", transmitted 25 February 1980)
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