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The Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) was a United Kingdom government department. Its creation was announced on 12 June 2003 with the intention of replacing the Lord Chancellor's Department. On 28 March 2007 it was announced that the Department for Constitutional Affairs would take control of probation, prisons and prevention of re-offending from the Home Office and be renamed the Ministry of Justice. [1] This took place on 9 May 2007.

It was primarily responsible for reforms to the Constitution, relations with the Channel Islands and Isle of Man and, within England and Wales, it was concerned with the administration of the Courts, legal aid, the appointment of the Judiciary. Other responsibilities included issues relating to human rights, data protection and freedom of information.

It incorporated the Wales Office and the Scotland Office, but those offices remain the overall responsibility of the Secretary of State for Wales and Secretary of State for Scotland respectively.

After the 2005 general election, it gained additional responsibilities for coroners and conduct of local government elections in England. [1].



Ministers of the Department of Constitutional Affairs as of 8 May 2006 [2]

Permanent Secretary

The first Permanent Secretary of the DCA was Sir Hayden Phillips, who was succeeded by Alex Allan, the last Permanent Secretary of the Department, whereupon it became the Ministry of justice. The Permanent Secretary also holds the Office of Clerk of the Crown in Chancery, which is now predominantly a Parliamentary Office of the House of Lords, with responsibility for the Crown Office.

Departmental executive agencies and public bodies

Legislation enacted by the department

This is a list of Acts of Parliament enacted since 1997 that gave powers to the Department of Constitutional Affairs.


Constitutional Acts

Election Acts

See also


  1. ^ "Home Office to be split in two". BBC News Online. BBC. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-03-29.  

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