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In British government, the Minister for the Civil Service is responsible for making regulations regarding Her Majesty's Civil Service,[1] the role of which is to assist the governments of the United Kingdom in formulating and implementing policies. The position itself is held by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, currently Gordon Brown.[2]

The Ministry was created for Harold Wilson on 1 November 1968 when responsibilities for the pay and management of the civil service was transferred from Her Majesty's Treasury to a new Civil Service Department; to make clear the continued authority of the First Lord of the Treasury (an office held by the Prime Minister) over the Civil Service, a constitutional convention arose that the Prime Minister would be head of the Department.[3]

Since its inception, the brief has always been held concurrently with the offices of Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury; the list of Ministers for the Civil Service is therefore identical to the list of Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom from 1968 onwards.


  1. ^ Civil Service Order in Council 1995 Published by the UK Civil Service Commissioners
  2. ^ Her Majesty’s Government The Prime Minister’s Office
  3. ^ David Wood, "Ministers in merger dilemma", The Times, 17 October 1968, p. 1.


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