Ministers and Departments
Britain is a country with a long tradition of centralised government. Some of the public offices of central government have been in existence for centuries. For example, the first Lord Chancellor was appointed by Edward the Confessor, the Exchequer developed in the twelfth century and the office of Lord President of the Council dates from 1497. Some of the Departments of central government are now over 200 years old. For example, two of the most prestigious Departments were established in 1782 when George III created a Department for Foreign Affairs and a Department for Home and Colonial Affairs (now the Home Office).
KeywordsCentral Government Prime Minister Civil Servant Ministerial Responsibility Select Committee
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