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Machinery of Government Changes

Volume 526: debated on Friday 1 April 2011

I can announce the following changes to the machinery of government:

The National Fraud Authority, an Executive agency of the Attorney-General’s Office, will transfer to the Home Office.

Responsibility for issuing British passports overseas will transfer from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the Secretary of State for the Home Department.

Responsibility for the Galileo programme will transfer from the Secretary of State for Transport to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; responsibility for the space component of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security Programme will transfer from the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; and UK input to both programmes will be led by the UK Space Agency, bringing together all parts of the Government’s policy on civil space.

The National School of Government will be brought into the Cabinet Office and will therefore cease to be a separate non-ministerial department.