Limitations on the number of Ministers and the size of the Payroll vote

Published 14 September 2012

This standard note sets out the statutory limits that apply to ministerial appointments. It summarises recent proposals to reduce the number of Ministers and provides figures for the size of the payroll vote since 1979.

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This standard note sets out the statutory limits that apply to ministerial appointments. It summarises recent proposals to reduce the number of Ministers and provides figures for the size of the payroll vote since 1979.

Commons Briefing papers SN03378

Authors: Keith Parry; Richard Kelly

Topics: Central government, Ministers

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