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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

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

Ministerial department Minister responsible Permanent Secretary Ref.
Attorney General's Office The Rt Hon Michael Ellis QC MP
Attorney General
N/A [2][3][4]
Cabinet Office The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP
Minister for the Cabinet Office
Alex Chisholm [2][5][6]
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][7][8]
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Sarah Healey CB [2][9][10]
Department for Education The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP
Secretary of State for Education
Susan Acland-Hood [2][11][12]
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][13][14]
Department for International Trade The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
John Alty
(interim)
[2][15][16]
Department for Transport The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Bernadette Kelly CB [2][17][18]
Department for Work and Pensions The Rt Hon Dr Thérèse Coffey MP
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Peter Schofield CB [2][19][20]
Department of Health and Social Care The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP
Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Sir Chris Wormald KCB [2][21][22]
Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office The Rt Hon Dominic Raab MP
Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs
Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE [2][23][24]
HM Treasury The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP
Chancellor of the Exchequer
Sir Tom Scholar KCB [2][25][26]
Home Office The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP
Secretary of State for the Home Department
Matthew Rycroft CBE [2][27][28]
Ministry of Defence The Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP
Secretary of State for Defence
David Williams KCB [2][29][30]
Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government The Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP
Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Jeremy Pocklington [2][31][32]
Ministry of Justice N/A Antonia Romeo [2][33]
Northern Ireland Office The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis CBE MP
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
Madeleine Alessandri CMG [2][34][35]
Office of the Advocate General for Scotland N/A N/A [2][36]
Office of the Leader of the House of Commons[n 1] N/A N/A [2][37]
Office of the Leader of the House of Lords[n 1] N/A N/A [2][38]
Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland N/A N/A [2][39]
Office of the Secretary of State for Wales N/A N/A [2][40]
UK Export Finance The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP
Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade
N/A [2][15][41]

Non-ministerial departments

Non-ministerial departments are headed by civil servants and usually have a regulatory or inspection function.[1]

List

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

Government departments in this third and final category can generally be split into five types:[1]

  • 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

Notes

  1. ^ a b Part of the Cabinet Office.

References

  1. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Attorney General". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  4. ^ "Attorney General's Office". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Minister for the Cabinet Office". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  6. ^ "Alex Chisholm". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  7. ^ "Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  8. ^ "Sarah Munby". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  9. ^ "Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport - GOV.UK". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Sarah Healey". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  11. ^ "Secretary of State for Education". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  12. ^ "Susan Acland-Hood". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  13. ^ "Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Tamara Finkelstein". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  15. ^ a b "Secretary of State for International Trade and President of the Board of Trade". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  16. ^ "John Alty". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  17. ^ "Secretary of State for Transport". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  18. ^ "Bernadette Kelly CB". GOV.UK. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  19. ^ "Secretary of State for Work and Pensions". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  20. ^ "Peter Schofield". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  21. ^ "Secretary of State for Health and Social Care". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  22. ^ "Sir Chris Wormald KCB". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  23. ^ "Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  24. ^ "Sir Philip Barton KCMG OBE". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  25. ^ "Chancellor of the Exchequer". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  26. ^ "Tom Scholar". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  27. ^ "Secretary of State for the Home Department". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  28. ^ "Matthew Rycroft CBE". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  29. ^ "Secretary of State for Defence". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  30. ^ "David Williams". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  31. ^ "Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  32. ^ "Jeremy Pocklington". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  33. ^ "Antonia Romeo". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  34. ^ "Secretary of State for Northern Ireland". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  35. ^ "Madeleine Alessandri CMG". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  36. ^ "Office of the Advocate General for Scotland". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  37. ^ "Office of the Leader of the House of Commons". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  38. ^ "Office of the Leader of the House of Lords". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  39. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  40. ^ "Office of the Secretary of State for Wales". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.
  41. ^ "UK Export Finance". gov.uk. Retrieved 16 June 2021.

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