Ministers and Departments

  • F. N. Forman
Part of the Macmillan Master Series book series (MMSS)


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).


Central Government Prime Minister Civil Servant Ministerial Responsibility Select Committee 
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Further Reading

  1. Birch, A. H., Representative and Responsible Government (London: Allen and Unwin, 1964).Google Scholar
  2. Brown, R. G. S. and Steel, D. R., The Administrative Process in Britain, 2nd edn (London: Methuen, 1979).Google Scholar
  3. Bruce-Gardyne, J. and Lawson, N., The Power Game (London: Macmillan, 1976).Google Scholar
  4. Henderson, N., The Private Office (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1984).Google Scholar
  5. Kaufman, G., How to be a Minister (London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1980).Google Scholar
  6. Marshall, G., Constitutional Conventions (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1986).Google Scholar
  7. Parris, H., Constitutional Bureaucracy (London: Allen & Unwin, 1969).Google Scholar
  8. Pollitt, C., Manipulating the Machine (London: Allen & Unwin, 1984).Google Scholar
  9. Theakston, K., Junior Ministers in British Government (Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 1987).Google Scholar

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