Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, and Minister for the Civil Service

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP

Biography

Boris Johnson became Prime Minister on 24 July 2019. He was previously Foreign Secretary from 13 July 2016 to 9 July 2018. He was elected Conservative MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip in May 2015. Previously he was the MP for Henley from June 2001 to June 2008.

Prime Minister

The Prime Minister is the leader of Her Majesty’s Government and is ultimately responsible for the policy and decisions of the government.

As leader of the UK government the Prime Minister also:

  • oversees the operation of the Civil Service and government agencies
  • appoints members of the government
  • is the principal government figure in the House of Commons

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Cabinet Office and Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street

First Lord of the Treasury

The First Lord of the Treasury is one of the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury. This role is usually held by the Prime Minister.

Since the 17th century, the Lords Commissioners of the Treasury have collectively carried out duties that were previously held by the Lord High Treasurer (head of Her Majesty’s Treasury).

The Lords Commissioners of the Treasury also include:

10 Downing Street is the official residence of the First Lord of the Treasury, and not of the Prime Minister.

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Cabinet Office and Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street

Minister for the Civil Service

The Minister for the Civil Service is responsible for regulating the Civil Service.

The Civil Service (Management Functions) Act of 1992, allows the Minister for the Civil Service to delegate power to other ministers and devolved administrations.

This role was created in 1968 and is always held by the Prime Minister.

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Cabinet Office

Previous roles in government

  1. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

Announcements

  1. PM call with President Vucic of Serbia: 28 February 2020
  2. Prime Minister sets out new measures to end rough sleeping
  3. PM outlines new review to define Britain’s place in the world
  4. PM call with President Trump: 20 February 2020
  5. PM call with President Xi of China: 18 February 2020
  6. Ministerial appointments: February 2020
  7. PM confirms HS2 will go ahead alongside revolution in local transport
  8. PM statement on transport infrastructure: 11 February 2020
  9. Major boost for bus services as PM outlines new vision for local transport
  10. PM call with Prime Minister Netanyahu: 6 February 2020