Friday, July 02, 2010

Details of Liberal Democrat ministers

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government has just published its full list of ministers - complete with details of portfolios etc.

The full document is at

The LibDem ministers' (apart from whips) details follow:

Chief Secretary to the Treasury
Leads on:
- Responsibility for public expenditure including:
o Spending reviews and strategic planning;
o In-year spending control;
o Public sector pay and pensions;
o Annually Managed Expenditure (AME) and welfare reform;
o Efficiency and value for money in public service;
o Procurement; and
o Capital investment. Treasury interest in devolution.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Dept of Transport
Leads on:
- Regional and Local Transport
- Buses and Taxis – including concessionary fares
- Walking and Cycling Accessibility and Equalities
- Alternatives to travel
- Natural environment
- Parking
- Traffic Management

Minister of State, Dept Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Leads on:
- South East Asia and Far East; Shanghai Expo
- Caribbean
- Central America
- South America (including Argentina / Falklands)
- Australasia and Pacific
- Olympics
- Public Diplomacy
- Human Rights
- Consular Policy
- Migration
- Drugs and International Crime

Minister of State, Dept of Health
(Minister for Care Services)
Leads on:
- Long Term Care Reform, including:
o Independent Commission
o Subsequent Legislation
- Adult Social Care
- Social Care Finance
- Social Care Workforce
- Social Care Professional Regulation
- Social Care System Regulation & Inspection
- Personal Health Budgets
- Reablement
- Continuing Care
- Joint Commissioning with Local Govt
- Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
- Care for the Elderly
- End of Life Care
- Long Term Conditions, including:
o Cancer
o Diabetes
- Audiology
- Dementia
- Mental Health, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
- Physical Disabilities
- Autism
- Learning Disabilities
- Third Sector, including S.64 & Social Enterprise
- Carers
- Prison Health Services
- Equality & Human Rights

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and President of
the Board of Trade.
Leads on:
- Overall responsibility for the department, strategy and all policies
- Overall responsibility for BIS budget
Particular focus on business and banking issues
Lead Cabinet Minister for reducing regulatory burdens across Government

Deputy Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister, the Lord President of the Council, is the deputy head of Government with special responsibility for political and constitutional reform:
- Introducing fixed term Parliaments
- Legislating to hold a referendum on the Alternative Vote system for the House of Commons and to create fewer and more equal sized constituencies
- Supporting people with disabilities to become MPs
- Introducing a power for people to recall their MP
- Developing proposals for a wholly or mainly elected second chamber
- Speeding up implementation of individual voter registration
- Considering the ‘West Lothian question’
- Introducing a statutory register of lobbyists
- Reforming party funding
- Supporting all postal primaries
The Deputy Prime Minister also has policy responsibility for the Electoral Commission, Boundary Commission and Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority.

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Dept Business, Innovation and Skills (responsible for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs)
Leads on:
- Postal affairs (Royal Mail and Post Office Limited)
- Employment relations (incl. ACAS)
- Consumer policy and consumer affairs
- Competition policy
- Corporate governance
- Company law (incl. Companies House)
- Social enterprise
- Insolvency service (incl. company investigations)
- General oversight of Shareholder Executive and its portfolios
- Coordination of European business
- Export Credits
- Guarantee Department Trade Policy

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office
Leads on:
- Responsibility within government for equality strategy and legislation and issues relating to gender, sexual orientation and transgender equality issues.
- Support to Minister of State on abolition of Identity Cards Bill
- Policy on criminal information including:
o Vetting and barring
o Security Industry Authority
o Criminal Records Bureau
o Asset recovery
o Animal licensing
o Statistics and research
o Freedom of information
o Support on violence against women work from the equalities perspective

Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Minister for the Armed Forces)
Leads on:
- Operations and operational policy, including operational legal issues
- Force generation, including readiness, recuperation, key enablers, deployed operational logistic delivery, operational training exercises

Parliamentary Secretary (Deputy Leader of the House of Commons)
Leads on:
- Supports the Leader in handling Government’s business in the House
- Monitoring the legislative programme
- Minister with internal responsibility for Correspondence, FOI and Green Issues

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
The Secretary of State holds overall responsibility for the business of the Department and its policies.
Leads on:
- DECC strategy and budgets
- Energy market reform
- Carbon price
- Annual Energy Statement
- Energy Security
- National Security DECC
- Delivery Landscape
- Devolved Administrations

Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
Leads on:
- Departmental business in the Lords
- Civil liberties
- Freedom of Information, data protection and data sharing
- Legislation and law reform
- Public law and public legal issues
- Support to the Secretary of State on EU and international business
- Crown Dependencies
- Delegated Royal, Church & Hereditary Issues and Lord Lieutenants issues
- Land Registry
- National Archives
- Law Commission
- Support to Secretary of State on Constitutional matters

Secretary of State for Scotland
Leads on:
- Economic Affairs
- Scottish Budget
- Scottish Fiscal position
- Calman Finance Implementation
- UK economic policy
- Defence
- MOD in Scotland
- Nuclear Deterrent
- Industry
- Fisheries
- Food and Drinks Industry
- Agriculture
- Manufacturing
- Life sciences
- Constitutional Affairs
- Calman/Scotland Bill
- Primary Legislation (including Queen’s Speech)
- Libya
- Foreign Affairs
- International Development
- Corporate Services
- National Security
- Counter Terrorism
- Military assistance to civil powers
- Civil Contingencies and Emergency Powers
- Broadcasting
- Crown Estate

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Dept Communities & Local
Leads on:
- Community cohesion (including future of Prevent)
- Race equality
- Building regulations
- Big Society, housing and regeneration

Minister of State, Dept of Education
(Minister for Children and Families)
Leads on:
- Children’s centres
- Childcare
- Early learning and development, curriculum 0-5
- Voluntary and community sector
- United Nations Convention on Human Rights of the Child
- Families
- Health issues (obesity, drugs and alcohol, teenage pregnancy)
- Child poverty
- Children’s services commissioning and market development
- Local authority funding/local government policy
- Government offices and field forces
- School food/Healthy Schools
- Special Educational Needs and disabled children
- Young carers

HM Advocate General for Scotland
The Advocate General for Scotland is a Minister and one of the three UK Law Officers. He is the UK Government’s principal legal adviser on Scots law and represents the UK Government before the Scottish Courts. His principal statutory functions are in relation to devolution issues raised under the Scotland Act 1998.

Minister of State (Pensions), Dept of Work & Pensions.
Leads on:
- Pensions Reform
- The Pension, Disability and Carers Service
- Auto-enrolment into work-place pensions, including delivery options
- State Pension, Second State Pension and Pension Credit
- Winter Fuel Payments
- Ageing, social care and extending working lives.
- Private pensions and saving
- Pensions Regulator
- Pensions Protection Fund
- Financial Assistance Scheme
- Pensions Advisory Service & Ombudsman
- Method of Payment Policy
- Financial Inclusion
- Social Fund
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