Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat (EDS)
Head of the Economic and Domestic Affairs Secretariat
The Economic and Domestic Secretariat (EDS) covers all domestic Government
business. Our primary role is to provide a high-quality and efficient
service to support Cabinet and Cabinet committee business. EDS also
supports Number 10 Private Office, advises on machinery of government
changes and public sector pay, and deals with legislative and Parliamentary
What are our key responsibilities?
EDS' objectives are:
To deliver a high quality and efficient service to support Cabinet and
Cabinet Committee business, and other collective consideration by
To support the Prime Minister and the Leader of the House of Commons in
the overall determination and management of the legislative programme,
and to support the four Parliamentary Business Managers in taking
strategic decisions about its day to day management.
To identify cross cutting issues that require collective consideration
and broker effective agreement between departments as necessary to
deliver the Government's priorities.
To provide high quality advice to the Prime Minster and Government on
policy issues, including annual co-ordination of pay review body round.
Through these objectives, EDS contributes to two of the Cabinet
Office's overarching aims: to support the Prime Minister in leading the
government and to achieve coordination of policy and operations across
Our work includes:
What is our role in relation to Cabinet?
We coordinate the forward programme for the Cabinet and the agenda for
each meeting, working with No 10, the Cabinet Secretary's office and
the other secretariats.
We lead on preparation of the Prime Minister 's brief for Cabinet.
We minute Cabinet meetings and, with the other secretariats, follow-up
What is our role in terms of managing Cabinet Committee business?
Working with departments to ensure that issues which require collective
consideration by Ministers are considered in the appropriate forum
(whether in correspondence or in discussion)
Helping departments to prepare issues for collective consideration and
developing policy options to consider
Brokering agreements between departments and building consensus
commissioning and drafting papers and briefing for Cabinet and Cabinet
Organising meetings and circulating papers through an electronic database
known as Cabcom
chairing meetings of official-level interdepartmental groups to help
steer policy agendas
briefing and drafting advice for Cabinet Committee Chairs
recording conclusions from Cabinet and Cabinet Committees
following up actions and decisions from Cabinet Committees
working closely with No 10, the Delivery Unite, the Strategy Unit, the
Treasury and the lead departments to support the Cabinet Committees
managing one-off projects and reviews commissioned by No 10 or a Cabinet
How do we assist Number 10?
providing administrative and policy support to the Prime Minister
undertaking work commissioned by the Prime Minister's Private Office
prepare briefing for Prime Minister's Questions in the House of
providing the secretariat to the Pay and Workforce Coordination Group,
which co-ordinates the negotiations around the annual pay review round
and oversees the development of Pay & Workforce Strategies.
providing advice to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of the Cabinet,
Sir Gus O'Donnell, on machinery of government changes and the
structure and composition of Cabinet Committees.
What is our role in the Legislative Programme?
drafting the Queen's Speech for the opening of Parliament
managing the legislative programme
providing advice to the business managers on Parliamentary procedure
Guidance for departments on the work of Cabinet and Cabinet Committees and
managing Cabinet Committee business can be found in our
Guide to Cabinet Committees.
For more information on the legislative side of EDS' work, please look
on the section on the
Phone: 0207 276 0055 - Secretariat Business Manager
A detailed organogram of EDS Cabinet Committee Secretaries and the areas
they cover is available to other Government Departments on request.