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    In the cabinet, what is the difference between somebody who has the title of "Minister [...of something]" and somebody with the title of "Secretary [...of something]"?

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    Doesn't the Secretary of State head a department, and the minister is their junior?
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    They are all technically government ministers

    There are generally three ranks:
    - Secretaries of State - who head departments & are at the top
    - Ministers of State - below SoSs but take important policy portfolios such as schools, housing, police etc
    - Parliamentary Undersecretaries - sometimes "Junior Ministers" or 'PUSSys' (Parliamentary UnderSecretaries of State)

    SoSs will often delegate policy areas to ministers below them. A good SoS will co-ordinate & decide high level strategy while allowing ministers of state to get on with day-to-day stuff. A good junior minister will know when to escalate an issue up the line.
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    (Original post by Prince Rhyus)
    - Parliamentary Undersecretaries - sometimes "Junior Ministers" or 'PUSSys' (Parliamentary UnderSecretaries of State)
    That title in particular must be popular.
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    Threads such as this are meat and drink to Prince Rhyus...
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    (Original post by Prince Rhyus)
    They are all technically government ministers

    There are generally three ranks:
    - Secretaries of State - who head departments & are at the top
    - Ministers of State - below SoSs but take important policy portfolios such as schools, housing, police etc
    - Parliamentary Undersecretaries - sometimes "Junior Ministers" or 'PUSSys' (Parliamentary UnderSecretaries of State)

    SoSs will often delegate policy areas to ministers below them. A good SoS will co-ordinate & decide high level strategy while allowing ministers of state to get on with day-to-day stuff. A good junior minister will know when to escalate an issue up the line.
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    But generally only Secretaries of State are in the Cabinet (sometimes a certain minister will have the right to attend Cabinet, either generally, or for discussion on certain issues).
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    (Original post by Prince Rhyus)
    They are all technically government ministers

    There are generally three ranks:
    - Secretaries of State - who head departments & are at the top
    - Ministers of State - below SoSs but take important policy portfolios such as schools, housing, police etc
    - Parliamentary Undersecretaries - sometimes "Junior Ministers" or 'PUSSys' (Parliamentary UnderSecretaries of State)

    SoSs will often delegate policy areas to ministers below them. A good SoS will co-ordinate & decide high level strategy while allowing ministers of state to get on with day-to-day stuff. A good junior minister will know when to escalate an issue up the line.
    Brilliant - thanks for clearing that up! I wasn't sure whether they were actual ranks or just differences in names depending on the department : )
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    Then there's the 'Permanent Secretaries' who are high ranking executive Civil Servants.

    I don't know if Rhyus has reached those dizzy heights yet...
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    (Original post by yawn)
    Then there's the 'Permanent Secretaries' who are high ranking executive Civil Servants.

    I don't know if Rhyus has reached those dizzy heights yet...
    Yes, the Civil Service also has its own variations of Secretary titles, but they of course are quite different, being Civil Servants and not politicians.
 
 
 
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