Government of the United Kingdom ga, Rialtas na Ríochta Aontaithe sco, Govrenment o the Unitit Kinrick , image = HM Government logo.svg , image_size=220px, date_established = , state = United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, comm ...
is divided up into departments. These, according to the government, are responsible for putting government policy into practice. There are currently 23 ministerial departments, 20 non-ministerial departments and 413 agencies and other public bodies.

Ministerial departments

Ministerial departments are generally the most high-profile government departments and differ from the other two types of government departments in that they include ministers.


Non-ministerial departments

Non-ministerial departments are headed by civil servants and usually have a regulatory or inspection function.


Agencies and other public bodies

Government departments in this third and final category can generally be split into five types: *
Executive agencies An executive agency is a part of a government department that is treated as managerially and budgetarily separate, to carry out some part of the executive functions of the United Kingdom government The Government of the United Kingdom, dom ...
, which usually provide government services rather than decide policy * Executive non-departmental public bodies, which do work for the government in specific areas * Advisory non-departmental public bodies, which provide independent and expert advice to ministers * Tribunal non-departmental public bodies, which are part of the justice system and have jurisdiction over a specific area of the law * Independent monitoring boards, which are responsible for the running of prisons and the treatment of prisoners

See also

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Politics of the United Kingdom The United Kingdom is a unitary state with Devolution in the United Kingdom, devolution that is governed within the framework of a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy in which the Monarchy of the United Kingdom, monarch, ...



External links

How government works - GOV.UKDepartments, agencies and public bodies - GOV.UK
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