Government Organisation Changes in Detail

In this section we show the 13 proposed Government Departments and which of the existing activities they would absorb.

  1. Cabinet Office


Effective management of Government:  Policy, strategy and control. Central services – performance reporting, IT Development and efficiency, procurement, HR, census, quality control and audit.

Other Departments Incorporated

Office of the Leader of the House of Commons

Office of the Leader of the House of Lords

UK Statistics Authority

Significant Agencies Incorporated

Crown Commercial Service

Government Internal Audit Agency


  1. Her Majesty’s Treasury


Managing the economy

Other Departments Incorporated

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

UK Export Finance

Significant Agencies Incorporated

National Savings and Investments

Valuation Office Agency

UK Debt Management Office


  1. Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Keeping citizens safe from international aggression and global threats of human extinction through diplomacy and defence.  Providing effective foreign aid.

Other Departments Incorporated

Ministry of Defence

Department for International Development

UK Trade & Investment

Significant Agencies Incorporated

FCO Services

Wilton Park

Defence Electronics and Components Agency

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office


  1. Department of Energy and Climate Change


Ensuring an adequate supply of energy while supervising the UK’s part in climate change management

Other Departments Incorporated


Significant Agencies Incorporated

Oil and Gas Authority


  1. Home Office


Keeping citizens safe from domestic threats through Police, Anti-terrorism and Security services and by maintaining effective systems of law, courts, crime prevention and reduction, prisons. Passport Office and register of British citizens

Other Departments Incorporated

Ministry of Justice

Attorney General’s Office,

National Crime Agency

Serious Fraud Office

Office of the Advocate General for Scotland

Crown Prosecution Service

Supreme Court of the UK

Significant Agencies Incorporated

Government Legal Department

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

HM Courts and Tribunals Service

Legal Aid Agency

National Offender Management Service / HM Prisons

Office of the Public Guardian


  1. Department of Health


Promoting well-being through good physical and mental heath

Other Departments Incorporated


Significant Agencies Incorporated

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Public Health England


  1. Department for Food and Agriculture

Purpose Ensuring that efficient agriculture and food distribution systems deliver good, reasonably priced food in adequate quantities in both normal and emergency circumstances

Other Departments Incorporated

Food Standards Agency

Significant Agencies Incorporated

Animal and Plant Health Agency

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Rural Payments Agency

Veterinary Medicines Directorate


  1. Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government


To promote well-being by ensuring that people have adequate housing, an appropriate degree of say in what affects their lives and live in supportive communities.

Other Departments Incorporated

Northern Ireland Office

Scotland Office

Wales Office

Significant Agencies Incorporated

Planning Inspectorate

Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre


  1. Department for Work and Pensions


Supervision of the Welfare State – ALL benefits.  Providing an appropriate safety net for British citizens in need.

Other Departments Incorporated


Significant Agencies Incorporated

Government Actuary’s Department


  1. Department for Education


Promoting well-being by ensuring that British citizens are educated and trained in skills that will equip them for a productive and fulfilling life

Other Departments Incorporated

Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills

Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation

Significant Agencies Incorporated

Education Funding Agency

National College for Teaching and Leadership

Standards and Testing Agency


  1. Department for Business, Innovation and Skills


Providing the infrastructure and supporting services in which British businesses can flourish

Other Departments Incorporated

Competition and Markets Authority

Significant Agencies Incorporated

Innovate UK

Companies House

Insolvency Service

Intellectual Property Office

Met Office

National Measurement and Regulation Office

Skills Funding Agency

UK Space Agency


  1. Department for Environment, Land Use, Transport and Utilities


Protecting and managing the land as a source of pride and amenity for present and future generations.  Regulating land users, particularly utilities.

Other Departments Incorporated

Department for Transport

Office of Rail and Road

Forestry Commission

Office of Gas and Electricity Markets

Water Services Regulation Authority

Ordnance Survey

Significant Agencies Incorporated

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Vehicle Certification Agency

Forest Enterprise

Forest Research

HM Land Registry


  1. Department for Culture, Media and Sport


Promotion of well-being through pride and joy in being British.

Other Departments Incorporated

Charity Commission for England and Wales

Significant Agencies Incorporated

The Royal Parks

The National Archives