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Unformatted text preview: Cabinet Committees The roles and functions of Cabinet are numerous, and, as a result, there is often insufficient time to deal with all matters adequately. In order to ensure that decisions are taken carefully and responsibly, cabinet committees are formed. They provide a framework for collective consideration of decisions on major policy issues and issues of significant public interest. They ensure that issues that are of interest to more than one department are properly discussed and that the views of all relevant Ministers are considered. Standing committees were first formed under the premiership of David Lloyd George in 1916, but only since the 1960s have they been ‘an integral part of government machinery’. Their existence was denied by governments up until 1992, when Major released their details as part of his plan for more ‘open government’. Details of ‘ad hoc’ committees however are not released....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PPE PPE taught by Professor None during the Summer '08 term at Oxford University.
- Summer '08