Role, powers and structure of executive and Ministerial responsibility


Role Powers and Structure of the Core Executive 

  • Made up of PM, Cabinet, Government Departments,, Senior Civil servants, policy developers, various advisory bodies and a few senior officals, probably in the region of 4,000
  • PM has royal perogative power, wage war, foreign policy, appoint or dismiss ministers, commander in chief of armed forces, heads cabinet system and economic policy 
  • Cabinet, made up of 20-25 ministers responsible for a government department, only members of governing party.
  • Cabinet usually meets once a week, PM chairs meetings
  • PM sets final agenda, seeks general consensus, approves records of meetings
  • Cabinet members bound by collective responsibility 
  • Role of Cabinet depends on PM, under coalition had a very active role but under Blair it wasnt really


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