Ministerial role

Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General


The Minister for the Cabinet Office has overall responsibility for the policy and work of the department. Responsibilities include:

  • public sector efficiency and reform
  • Civil Service issues
  • industrial relations strategy in the public sector
  • government transparency
  • civil contingencies
  • civil society
  • cyber security
  • UK statistics

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP

Francis Maude was appointed Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General in May 2010. He is the Conservative MP for Horsham, west Sussex.


Francis studied at the University of Cambridge and The College of Law, specialising in criminal law.

Political career

He has held several government posts, including Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1989 to 1990 and Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1990 to 1992.

While in opposition, he was Chairman of the Conservative Party from 2005 to 2007 and, among other roles, Shadow Foreign Secretary from 2000 to 2001 and Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office from 2007 to 2010.

Career outside politics

After a career at the criminal bar between 1977 and 1985, he served as a councillor for the City of Westminster for 6 years. His other jobs outside politics have included being a non-executive director of ASDA Group, director at Salomon Brothers, and managing director of Morgan Stanley.

Personal life

Francis is married with 5 children.


under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Francis Maude MP as Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General

  1. Improving the transparency and accountability of government and its services

    • 1 April 2014
  2. Making it easier to set up and run a charity, social enterprise, or voluntary organisation

    • 14 February 2014
  3. Buying and managing government goods and services more efficiently and effectively

    • 16 January 2014
  4. Transforming government services to make them more efficient and effective for users

    • 1 November 2013
  5. Helping government departments improve their efficiency and performance to save the taxpayer money

    • 29 August 2013
  6. Managing major projects more effectively

    • 23 August 2013
  7. Growing the social investment market

    • 20 February 2013
  8. Creating an exceptional civil service - less bureaucratic and more skilled, digital and unified

    • 20 February 2013


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  1. Francis Maude speech at IA14

    • 16 June 2014
    • Speech
  2. Government vacates 2 million square metres of property

    • 12 June 2014
    • Press release
  3. Francis Maude announces end of year savings 2013 to 2014

    • 10 June 2014
    • Speech
  4. Government unveils £14.3 billion of savings for 2013 to 2014

    • 10 June 2014
    • Press release
  5. Francis Maude speech at the Connect Conference

    • 6 June 2014
    • Speech
  6. Scotland, the UK, and a world class digital strategy

    • 6 June 2014
    • News story
  7. Three Big Lottery Fund board members appointed

    • 28 May 2014
    • News story
  8. Francis Maude speech at the Public Sector Show 2014

    • 14 May 2014
    • Speech
  9. Government Communications Plan sets 3 clear priorities

    • 13 May 2014
    • News story
  10. Francis Maude at an Open Government Partnership meeting in Dublin

    • 12 May 2014
    • Speech

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