Cabinet Office

We support the Prime Minister and ensure the effective running of government. We are also the corporate headquarters for government, in partnership with HM Treasury, and we take the lead in certain critical policy areas.


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Secretary of State

Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP
Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury and Minister for the Civil Service

Ministers of State
Rt Hon Michael Gove MP - Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Amanda Milling MP - Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office)
Chloe Smith MP - Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Lord True - Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Lord Agnew of Oulton - Minister of State (Cabinet Office)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Julia Lopez MP - Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)
Johnny Mercer MP - Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)


Latest News (from Department Twitter Feed)

24 Oct 2020, 11:01 a.m.
Time is running out. Businesses across the UK are getting ready for new rules with Europe starting 01 Jan 2021. Are you one of them? Act now 👉 https://t.co/SqnSzL2nqP #LetsGetGoing https://t.co/nw5lK51nv2 - Link
23 Oct 2020, 5:01 p.m.
.@CGJNewman has received a #PointsofLight award from PM @BorisJohnson for founding Project5, a free online service matching NHS workers with 1,000+ volunteer practitioners who can provide wellbeing support. Read More 👉https://t.co/RYl4jRvxsI https://t.co/EX36qPlCMH - Link
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Cabinet Office Commons Appearances

Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue

Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
Date Type Title
Oct. 21 Oral Questions Oral Answers to Questions
Jul. 16 Urgent Questions British Overseas Troops: Civil Liability Claims
Oct. 21 Westminster Hall External Private Contractors: Government Use and Employment
Jun. 08 Adjournment Debate Electoral Reform
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Cabinet Office - Bills and Acts in the Current Session

Title Last Event Next Event Date Last Updated
Parliamentary Constituencies Bill 2019-21 3rd reading (Minutes of Proceedings): House of Lords 15 October, 2020 19 Oct 2020, 3:53 p.m.
A Bill to make provision about reports of the Boundary Commissions under the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986; to make provision about the number of parliamentary constituencies and other rules for the distribution of seats; and for connected purposes.

Cabinet Office - Laid Secondary Legislation

Dates Department Title Type
Laid
21 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Cabinet Office European Union Withdrawal (Consequential Modifications) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
These Regulations are made in exercise of the powers conferred by section 23(1) and (2) of, and paragraphs 21 and 26 of Schedule 7 to, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (c. 16) (“the 2018 Act”) and section 41(1) and (2) of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 (c.1).
Laid
8 Oct 2020
In Force
Not stated
Cabinet Office European Union Withdrawal (Consequential Modifications) (EU Exit) Regulations 2020
Parliamentary Status - Text of Legislation
Draft affirmative procedure
Explanatory text not available
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Petitions addressed by Cabinet Office

Current Signatures Final Signatures Title Petition Deadline
6,103,056
Petition Closed

Revoke Article 50 and remain in the EU.

Gov Responded - 26 Mar 2019 Debated on - 1 Apr 2019
20 Aug 2019
closed 1 year, 2 months ago

The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is 'the will of the people'. We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People's Vote may not happen - so vote now.

1,725,630
Petition Closed

Do not prorogue Parliament

Gov Responded - 9 Sep 2019 Debated on - 9 Sep 2019
15 Feb 2020
closed 8 months, 1 week ago

Parliament must not be prorogued or dissolved unless and until the Article 50 period has been sufficiently extended or the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU has been cancelled.

269,157
Petition Closed

Put pressure on Libya to take action to stop enslavement of Black Africans.

Gov Responded - 13 Dec 2017 Debated on - 18 Dec 2017
22 May 2018
closed 2 years, 5 months ago

CNN has released video footage of a black Africans being sold into slavery in Libya. I am asking the UK government to put pressure on the Libyan government to take immediate action to stop these criminals from selling more people, to set current prisoners free, arrest the criminals and end this.

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Cabinet Office Publications


Cabinet Office Written Questions

Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.

Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.

Latest Written Question
Date Title Questioner
22 Oct 2020, 5:55 p.m. Cat Smith MP (Labour - Lancaster and Fleetwood) Cat Smith MP (Labour - Lancaster and Fleetwood)

Question to the Cabinet Office:

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps he is taking to ensure that blind and partially sighted voters are made aware of the support they can expect to receive at polling stations to allow them to vote independently and in secret.

Answered by Chloe Smith - Minister of State (Cabinet Office)

The Government is committed to ensuring that elections are accessible for all those eligible to vote and has already been working with the RNIB to improve the voting process for voters with sight loss.

It is important for security purposes that a physical poll card is sent to every elector at the property where they are registered, but we have already considered how electoral information might additionally be made available in more accessible format for those who request it.

Returning Officers already publish details of candidates in the order they will appear on the ballot paper online. We will work with partners in the electoral sector to ensure this information is accessible.

The Government will continue to work with the RNIB, the Electoral Commission and other relevant organisations to make blind and partially sighted voters aware of the support available to them at the polling station, and to consider what additional support could be provided to help blind and partially sighted people to vote including by post.

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