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In the
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, the minister for the civil service is responsible for regulations regarding Her Majesty's Civil Service, the role of which is to assist the governments of the
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United Kingdom
in formulating and implementing policies. The position is invariably held by the
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.


The role

In recognition of the primary authority of the
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over the Civil Service, it is a constitutional convention that the ministry would always be held by the prime minister. The list of ministers for the civil service is therefore identical to the
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from 1968 onwards. By the terms of the Civil Service (Management Functions) Act 1992, the minister may delegate his or her power to ministers and others such as the
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. Prime Minister
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Gordon Brown
appointed Tom Watson to be responsible for the Civil Service as "Minister for Digital Engagement and Civil Service Issues", while Prime Minister
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Boris Johnson
has given the
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and
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(previously
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Michael Gove
, currently
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Stephen Barclay
) responsibility for the Civil Service. The Statutory Instrument ''The Transfer of Functions (Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service) Order 1995'', which transferred functions to the minister for the civil service, came into force on 1 April 1995. The
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codifies the power of the minister for the civil service to manage the civil service, including the 'power to make appointments', the publication of the Civil service code of conduct, and the right to be consulted before publication of recruitment principles by the Civil Service Commission. The Act also requires the minister for the civil service to publish a special adviser code of conduct, approve the terms and conditions of appointment of special advisers, and publish an annual report about special advisers serving the UK Government.


Civil Service Department

The ministership was created for
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Harold Wilson
on 1 November 1968 when responsibilities for the pay and management of the Civil Service was transferred from
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to a new Civil Service Department.
Margaret Thatcher Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher (; 13 October 19258 April 2013), was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom The prime minister of the United Kingdom is the head of government The head of government is either ...

Margaret Thatcher
announced the abolition of the
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to the House of Commons on 12 November 1981.


Junior ministers in the Civil Service Department


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* * {{Cabinet positions in the United Kingdom
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