The Cabinet Office sits at the very centre of government
and, with the Treasury, provides the ‘head office’
of government. The Cabinet Office has an overarching purpose
of Making government work better.
The Department has three core functions that enable it
to achieve this overarching purpose:
Supporting the Prime Minister – to define and deliver
the Government's objectives.
Supporting the Cabinet – to drive the coherence,
quality and delivery of policy and operations across departments.
Strengthening the Civil Service – to ensure the
civil service is organised effectively and has the capability
in terms of skills, values and leadership to deliver the
The ministers based in the Cabinet Office provide strategic
leadership to the Department and coordinate government
policy and strategy.
Hilary Armstrong MP – Chancellor of the Duchy
of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office
Hazel Blears MP – Minister without Portfolio
Pat McFadden MP – Parliamentary Secretary
Ed Miliband MP – Parliamentary Secretary
Government Cabinets have met in the same room since 1856,
when it was called the Council Chamber.
The Prime Minister chairs the meetings, selects its members,
and also recommends their appointment as ministers by
The present cabinet has 23 members (21 MPs and two peers),
but a further three ministers attend the meetings, two
peers and one MP. The Secretary of the Cabinet is responsible
for preparing records of its discussions and decisions.