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The Cabinet

See also: Cabinet Members

The Cabinet is composed of the Premier, six other Ministers and two non-voting ex-officio members.  The Cabinet is constitutionally responsible for the formulation of policy, including directing the implementation of such policy, as it relates to every aspect of government, with the exception of the Governor’s special responsibilities.

The Premier is appointed by the Governor on the recommendation of the elected members of the majority party in the Legislative Assembly.  The remaining six Ministers are appointed by the Governor in accordance with the advice of the Premier.

The ex-officio members are the Deputy Governor and the Attorney General. The Deputy Governor is appointed by the Governor in accordance with Her Majesty's instructions, whereas the Attorney General is appointed by the Governor in accordance with the advice of the Judicial and Legal Services Commission.

After consulting the Premier, the Governor allocates a portfolio of responsibilities to each Minister, but may not allocate any matter related to his or her special responsibilities to a Minister, with the exception of external affairs after approval from the Secretary of State.  Under the principle of collective responsibility, all Ministers are obliged to support in the Legislative Assembly any measures approved by Cabinet.

Almost 80 departments, sections and units carry out the business of government. In addition a number of statutory boards and authorities are set up for specific purposes. By way of example, these include: the Port Authority, the Civil Aviation Authority, the Immigration Board, the Water Authority, the University College Board of Governors, the National Pensions Board, and the Health Insurance Commission.

Last Updated: 2014-08-20