Ministers

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.

Commons Briefing Papers

DateDescription
28.01.2016Special Advisers
This House of Commons Briefing Paper sets out details of roles and responsibilities of special advisers and information about the number of special advisers. It also explains how the role has developed and includes details of some recent incidents involving special advisers.
06.01.2016The register of consultant lobbyists
This House of Commons Library research briefing explains how the system for registration of consultant lobbyists works in practice. The first Register of Consultant Lobbyists was published in March 2015.
09.12.2015Ministers in the Conservative Government: 2015 - present
Ministerial office holders in the 2015 Conservative Government
26.10.2015The Ministerial Code and the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests
This briefing paper looks at the Ministerial Code and the process for investigating breaches of the Code.
15.10.2015Ministers in the Coalition Government: 2010-15
Ministerial office holders in the 2010-15 Coalition Government
16.07.2015Women in Parliament and Government
191 women MPs were elected at the 2015 General Election, 29% of all MPs and a record high. Prior to 1987 women had never been more than 5% of MPs. 450 women have been elected to the Commons since 1918, nine less than the current number of male MPs.
26.03.2015Role 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.
07.03.2014Pensions of ministers and senior office holders
This note looks at the pension arrangements for ministers and senior office holders, such as the Prime Minister, Lord Chancellor and Speaker of the House of Commons.

Lords Library Notes

DateDescription
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".

Select Committee Reports

DateDescription
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

DateDescription
24.11.2011BREACHES OF THE MINISTERIAL CODE (No. 2)
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 ...
24.11.2011BREACHES OF THE MINISTERIAL CODE
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 ...
23.11.2011SEVERENCE PACKAGES FOR MINISTERS
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 ...
22.11.2011MINISTERIAL RESPONSIBILITIES
That this House believes Ministers who cannot control their Departments should not run Government Departments; further believes that Ministers have ultimate responsibility for their ...
17.10.2011PROPOSED REGISTER OF LOBBYISTS
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 ...

Glossary

  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses