This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on ministers in both Houses. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Standard Notes

12.11.2014Ministers in the Coalition Government: 2010 - present
Ministerial office holders since the 2010 General Election.
18.07.2014Women in Parliament and Government
Just over one in five Members of Parliament are women. More women were elected in the 2010 General Election than at any previous general election. Prior to 1987 women had never been more than 5% of MPs.
07.07.2014Role of the Lord Chancellor
History and development of the office of Lord Chancellor. This note summarises the history and development of the office of Lord Chancellor and also examines the changes that were made to the role following the enactment of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.
10.04.2014Apologies made to the House of Commons
This list attempts to capture all instances where an apology has been made on the floor of the House of Commons since 1979
20.03.2014FoI and Ministerial vetoes
The Lord Chancellor, Jack Straw, issued the first ministerial veto in relation to a FoI request on 23 February 2009 for the contents of the legal advice on military action against Iraq. Two subsequent vetoes were issued protecting communications on devolution issues and a fourth on. A fourth veto was issued on 8 May 2012 blocking the release of the NHS Transitional Risk Register and a fifth in July 2012 blocking extracts from Cabinet minutes on the military action against Iraq in 2003. The most recent, the sixth, was on 16 October 2012, relating to the release of correspondence from Prince Charles to Government departments. This Standard Note traces the history of the veto within FoI legislation and summarises comparative examples abroad.

Research Papers

15.11.2004Collective Responsibility of Ministers
The collective responsibility of ministers - an outline of the issues. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/82.
05.04.2004Individual ministerial responsibility-issues and examples
Individual ministerial responsibility - issues and examples. House of Commons Library Research Paper 04/31.
05.04.2000Advisers to Ministers
Advisers to ministers. House of Commons Library Research Paper 00/42.

Select Committee Reports

12.10.2010Goats and Tsars: Ministerial and other appointments from outside Parliament and Too many Ministers?.
Government response. Public Administration Select Committee; Cabinet Office report [Commons]
17.03.2010Accountability to the House of Commons of Secretaries of State in the House of Lords.
Procedure Select Committee report [Commons]
11.03.2010Too Many Ministers.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
04.03.2010Goats and Tsars: Ministerial and other appointments from outside Parliament.
Public Administration Select Committee report [Commons]
12.01.2010Legislative scrutiny: Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill; Video Recordings Bill.
Human Rights Joint Select Committee report [Commons and Lords]

Early Day Motions

That this House calls for new clarity in the Ministerial Code on declarations of interest on Ministerial engagements that are classified as Ministerial or private; and notes the recent ...
That this House notes that the investigation into the breach of the Ministerial code by the former Secretary of State for Defence was itself a breach of the code which explicitly names ...
That this House does not believe Ministers who are forced out of their positions by incompetence or breach of the Ministerial Code should be awarded a taxpayer funded pay-off; and calls ...
That this House believes Ministers who cannot control their Departments should not run Government Departments; further believes that Ministers have ultimate responsibility for their ...
That this House believes that Adam Werritty breached Civil Service guidance on the conduct of Ministerial meetings for 16 months; notes that Ministers had over 1,500 meetings with corporate ...

Lords Library Notes

14.05.2012House of Lords: Ministers
This Library Note looks at the role of Ministers in the House of Lords in the context of current proposals for reform of the House.
17.01.2011Debate on 20 January: Constitutional and Parliamentary Effect of Coalition Government
This Library Note aims to provide background reading for the debate on 20 January 2011: "To call attention to the constitutional and parliamentary effect of Coalition Government".


  • Research Papers (RP) - briefings produced by the House of Commons Library on Bills, topical issues and regular statistics
  • Standard Notes (SN) - shorter, topical briefings from the Commons Library
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POST Notes - short briefing notes produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - papers compiled by the House of Lords Library on Bills and for debates in the Lords
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses