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 [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 Nadhim Zahawi 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 Transport The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Bernadette Kelly CB [2][18][19]
Department for Work and Pensions The Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Peter Schofield CB [2][20][21]
Department of Health and Social Care The Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Sir Chris Wormald KCB [2][22][23]
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 [2][24][25]
HM Treasury The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer and Second Lord of the Treasury
Sir Tom Scholar KCB [2][26][27]
Home Office The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Matthew Rycroft CBE [2][28][29]
Ministry of Defence The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence
David Williams CB [2][30][31]
Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities
Jeremy Pocklington [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 The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis CBE MP
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 The Rt Hon Simon Hart MP[52][53][54]
Secretary of State for Wales
Glynne Jones, Director[55] [2][56]
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][57]

Non-ministerial departments[edit]

Non-ministerial departments are headed by civil servants and usually have a regulatory or inspection function.[58]

List[edit]

Non-ministerial department Ref.
The Charity Commission
[2]
Competition and Markets Authority
[2]
Crown Prosecution Service
[2]
Food Standards Agency
[2]
Forestry Commission
[2]
Government Actuary's Department
[2]
Government Legal Department
[2]
HM Land Registry
[2]
HM Revenue & Customs
[2]
NS&I
[2]
The National Archives
[2]
National Crime Agency
[2]
Office of Rail and Road
[2]
Ofgem
[2]
Ofqual
[2]
Ofsted
[2]
Serious Fraud Office
[2]
Supreme Court of the United Kingdom
[2]
UK Statistics Authority
[2]
The Water Services Regulation Authority
[2]

Agencies and other public bodies[edit]

Government departments in this third and final category can generally be split into five types:[58]

  • 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. 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. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  3. ^ "Shehzad Charania MBE". GOV.UK.
  4. ^ "Attorney General". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Attorney General's Office". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Minister for the Cabinet Office". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Alex Chisholm". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Sarah Munby". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - GOV.UK". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Sarah Healey". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Secretary of State for Education". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Susan Acland-Hood". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  15. ^ "Tamara Finkelstein". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  17. ^ "James Bowler CB". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2021.
  18. ^ "Secretary of State for Transport". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  19. ^ "Bernadette Kelly CB". GOV.UK. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Secretary of State for Work and Pensions". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Peter Schofield". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  22. ^ "Secretary of State for Health and Social Care". gov.uk. Retrieved 26 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Sir Chris Wormald KCB". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  24. ^ "Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  25. ^ "Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  26. ^ "Chancellor of the Exchequer". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  27. ^ "Tom Scholar". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  28. ^ "Secretary of State for the Home Department". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  29. ^ "Matthew Rycroft CBE". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  30. ^ "Secretary of State for Defence". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  31. ^ "David Williams". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  32. ^ "Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  33. ^ "Jeremy Pocklington". gov.uk. 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. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  37. ^ "Secretary of State for Northern Ireland". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  38. ^ "Madeleine Alessandri CMG". gov.uk. 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. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  44. ^ a b [4]
  45. ^ "About us".
  46. ^ "Office of the Leader of the House of Commons". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  47. ^ "About us".
  48. ^ "Office of the Leader of the House of Lords". gov.uk. 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. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  52. ^ "Wales Office officials report to the Secretary of State and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for policy purposes" [5]
  53. ^ "I have been privileged to serve as Secretary of State for Wales since December 2019, leading the department as it continues to implement the UK Government’s vision for Wales." [6]
  54. ^ "Secretary of State for Wales - GOV.UK". gov.uk.
  55. ^ "Glynne Jones CBE". GOV.UK.
  56. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State for Wales". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  57. ^ "UK Export Finance". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  58. ^ a b "How government works". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.

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