I am today outlining machinery of government changes affecting a number of existing Departments of State.
These changes are a result of the formation of the coalition Government and will help implement the programme for Government. Further adjustments may be made and announced in due course.
The Cabinet Office
As previously announced the Deputy Prime Minister has been given special responsibility for political and constitutional reform. To bring this into effect responsibility for the following will transfer from the Secretary of State for Justice to the Deputy Prime Minister:
Introducing fixed-term Parliaments
Legislating to hold a referendum on the alternative vote system for the House of Commons and to create fewer and more equal sized constituencies
Supporting people with disabilities to become MPs
Introducing a power for people to recall their MP
Developing proposals for a wholly or mainly elected second Chamber
Speeding up implementation of individual voter registration
Considering the "West Lothian question"
Introducing a statutory register of lobbyists
Reforming party funding
Supporting all postal primaries
The Government Equalities Office, which is responsible for the implementation of the Equality Act 2010, as well as the Government's overall strategy on equality issues, will report to the Home Secretary, who is also the Minister for Women and Equalities.
Ministerial responsibility for the Olympic and Paralympic games was previously held by the Minister for the Olympics in the Cabinet Office. The Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport will now be responsible.
The Secretary of State for Education has replaced the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, and the Department for Children, Schools and Families is renamed the Department for Education.