Roles and Functions of the Cabinet

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  • Roles and Powers of the Cabinet
    • Registering and ratifying decisions
      • The main business of the cabinet
      • Concerns: questions which engage collective responsibility of cabinet because they raise major policy issue or are of high public importance
      • Concerns: matters on which there is an unresolved dispute between governmental departments
    • Discussing and making decisions on major issues
      • Less significant in most areas of government activity, usually cabinet collective not an important body.
      • Retains important when issues are sensitive / important.
      • Retains importance when major or unexpected developments require rapid decision.
      • Retains importance when government departments and ministerial committees unable to reach an agreement.
    • Settling disputes between govt departments
      • (Role intertwines with all other areas of power)
      • If an issue cannot be settled within cabinet committees or within a bilateral meeting, it will be brought to the cabinet as a collective.
      • Arguable that this is the most important role: cabinet must be seen to be acting as a collective, this allows uniform implementation of policy and allows cabinet to present a united front.
    • Receiving reports on key developments
      • Hearing reports allows ministers to keep abreast of events and discuss policy priorities.
      • Formal agenda hears reports as standard on: parliamentary business, economic and home affairs, foreign affairs.
    • Cabinet ministers responsible for policy formulation within their government department (individually), collectively they form the core executive and the government of the day, handling the the policy making and implementation along with various other figures making up the core executive


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