Ministers & Government Business
The Cabinet Office provides information about government ministers and other government-wide business, including honours and appointments, and propriety and ethics.
Cabinet Secretariat and Cabinet Committees
Devolution in the United Kingdom
- The Devolution pages set out the system of devolution in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They also describe the arrangements for relations between the UK Government and the devolved administrations, in particular the Joint Ministerial Committee, which brings together Ministers of the four administrations, at the top level and below.
- Limiting pre-release access to statistics: a consultation document
The consultation document sets out how, as a part of the Governance of Britain programme of constitutional renewal, the Government is proposing to tighten the rules and principles under which access to official statistics in their final form can be granted ahead of their publication
- Government communication [External website]
Communication is an integral part of government. Government Communication helps provide strategic advice on cross government issues. It also supports the Government Communication Network (GCN) helping share best practice and raise professional standards of communicators across government. The group also advises on propriety relating to communciation issues.
- Legislative programme
Guidance on the procedures for preparing and taking primary legislation through Parliament.
- Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO) [External website]
A specialised team of lawyers dealing in drafting Government Bills for introduction into Parliament and related Parliamentary business.
- UK Honours system
Information about the UK honours system, including instructions for how to make a nomination, and recent honours lists.
Appointments and Oversight
- Public Appointments
Information on appointments to the boards of public bodies. This includes information on the public appointments process and on the standards expected from those appointed to a public office.
- House of Lords Appointments Commission (HOLAC) [External website]
HoLAC is responsible for recommending non–party–political nominees to become life peers in the House of Lords and for vetting party–political nominations.
- Commissioner for Public Appointments [External website]
OCPA regulates, monitors, reports and advises on ministerial appointments to public bodies in the UK.
- Civil Service Commissioners [External website]
The Civil Service Commissioners' role is to standards for recruitment so that appointments are made on merit, and to hear appeals under the Civil Service Code.
- Propriety and Ethics
Information and guidance of propriety and ethics issues in public life.
- The Civil Service Appeal Board (CSAB) [External website]
The Civil Service Appeal Board deals with civil servants' appeals on dismissal and other related issues.
- Committee on Standards in Public Life [External website]
Monitoring the effectiveness of arrangements to ensure the highest standards of propriety in public life.