Ministry of Home Affairs

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Ministry of Home Affairs
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Formed 6 April 1868
Central Office P.A. Wright House
9-17 West Mall
Kingsbury, CENT
Employees 5,320
Annual budget £31 million (2013-14)
Senior administration
Minister of State Peter Edgeworth MHA
Assistant Minister Senator Nathanael Bowen
Permanent Secretary Sir John Close
Directorates
Administrative Services
Cultural Affairs
Ecclesiastical Affairs
Local Government
Police and Emergency Services
Rural Development
Executive agencies
Local Government Commission
National Archives
National Lottery
Passport Agency

The Ministry of Home Affairs is the one of the fifteen government ministries in the government of Guelphia. The role of the Ministry is to oversee internal matters, such as policing, civil defence, local government and public administration. As such, the Ministry contains a number of varied roles and functions not seen in the other cabinet portfolios. The current Minister of State for Home Affairs is the Rt Hon. Peter Edgeworth MHA.

The Ministry was established by the government in 1868. The role and powers assigned the ministry have steadily been diminished as new ministries and agencies are created, leaving Home Affairs with a smaller but a still substantial ambit.

Responsibilities

Unlike many interior ministries, Home Affairs has a wider ambit outside the area of domestic security. The ministry has responsibility for cultural affairs, emergency services, local government, public records, and rural development. A number of crown statutory agencies are notionally attached the ministry, and have additional responsibility for census and statistics, elections, and lotteries.

When the ministry was established in 1868, it assumed the functions of ecclesiastical affairs, local government, mines, native affairs, and policing from other ministries. Over the years, the ministry also had responsibility for the broader portfolio functions including conservation, education, health, industry, labour, planning, and public works. Over time these roles have been removed to new portfolios, and this has meant that all subsequent domestic departments have effectively been created by taking responsibilities from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

Senior administration

Ministers

The Ministry of Home Affairs is headed by the Minister of State for Home Affairs, who is supported by four Deputy Ministers and a Parliamentary Secretary, all of whom are supported a large body of civil servants assigned to them to manage the ministers office and ministry.

Office Name Term
Minister of State for Home Affairs The Rt Hon. Peter Edgeworth MHA 2012-present
Deputy Minister for Administrative Services
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs
Senator Nathanael Bowen 2012-present
Deputy Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs The Lord Braddock 2012-present
Deputy Minister for Local Government Lucy Taskin MHA 2012-present
Deputy Minister for Police and Emergency Services Senator Zac Duncan 2016-present
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Home Affairs Louis Swift MHA 2016-present

Permanent Secretary and other senior officials

Office Name
Permanent Secretary of State Sir John Close
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for Administrative Services
Ronald Goldstein
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for Local Government
Eleanor Hopkins
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for Cultural Affairs
Scott Towner
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for Ecclesiastical Affairs
The Very Rev. Paul Lemon
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for Police and Emergency Services
George Harvey
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for Rural Development
Sophia Garnet
Chief Operations Officer
Director-General for Corporate Services
Margaret Thurman
Director of the Local Government Commission Patricia Brier
Director of the National Archives Lillian Joiner
Director of the National Lottery Aaron Thomas
Director of the Passport Agency Lucy Barrenger
Director-General of the National Security Intelligence Bureau Sir Richard Boling

Directorates and executive agencies

Directorates

The Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible for six policy directorates:

Directorate of Administrative Services

One of the most significant directorates for the Civil Service as a whole, the directorate was established in 1988 to unify government operational spending under one directorate. Occasionally lampooned as a "directorate administering administrators" in the ilk of the satirical British sitcom Yes Minister, the directorate is nevertheless an important one. All government transport and storage, land and property services, purchasing and disposals, accommodation and catering, land valuation and VIP protective services is handled by the directorate, as is policy formulation in this same area. The directorate is also responsible for all government records and information management, and publishes the Guelphia Gazette. The Deputy Minister for Administrative Services is Senator Nathanael Bowen.

Directorate of Local Government

Further information: Local authorities of Guelphia

Responsible for the management of local government in Guelphia, the directorate provides strategic leadership for the various local authorities across Guelphia. The directorate attempts to keep itself at arms length from the democratically elected county councils, but may intervene if a local authority is unable to resolve an issue or becomes unmanageable. An Associate Minister for County Affairs is usually appointed to oversee the directorate and manage the relationship between the central government and the local authorities. The Deputy Minister for Local Government is Lucy Taskin MHA.

Directorate of Cultural Affairs

Not to be confused with the Directorate of Cultural Heritage in the Ministry of Conservation and Land Management, which tends to our cultural history, the directorate manages initiatives aimed at improving cultural integration and developing a unique national culture of Guelphia. The directorate also oversees Aboriginal development with policies of developing stronger indigenous communities through a number of programmes aimed at improving aboriginal health, education, and workforce participation.

Directorate of Ecclesiastical Affairs

Further information: Anglican Church of Guelphia

The relationship between the state and the established religion in Guelphia is maintained by this directorate. In accordance with the Constitution of Guelphia, the Anglican Church of Guelphia is recognised as the national church of the kingdom, and is therefore officially supported by the government. Most Guelphians conform to the national church, with the majority becoming members of the denomination when they were christened as children. For those that do not wish to conform to the national church, there is specific provision in the Constitution for the toleration of those of dissenting religions and views, provided that they do not teach or act contrary to good morals or public order of the kingdom[1]. The Deputy Minister for Ecclesiastical Affairs is The Earl Braddock.

Directorate of Police and Emergency Services

The oversight of all of Guelphia's public safety bodies are managed as part of this directorate. All enjoy a degree of autonomy, being managed by the county councils or as agencies sui generis of the central government. Policing is split between the Royal Guelphia Police and the counties, who manage issues of law and order across the country. The Royal Guelphian Fire Service protects urban centres from fire and aims to educate people on the dangers of fire. The Royal Guelphian Ambulance Service is responsible for the transport of the sick and injured to hospital. Finally, civil defence in Guelphia is solely the responsibility of the local authorities. A major directorate and one of the most challenging to a junior minister, the Deputy Minister for Police and Emergency Services is Senator Zac Duncan.

Directorate of Rural Development

Charged with the protection, preservation and continued viability of traditional rural communities, the directorate oversees a number of initiatives to assist those working in the primary industry sector. The directorate provides funding to communities wishing to protect their natural and built heritage, while also providing support to those communities wishing to diversify economically. In addition, the directorate oversees a number of agencies that assist the sector recover from major setbacks such as drought, fire or flood. There is no deputy minister for this directorate.

Corporate Services Directorate

The Ministry also has a Corporate Services Directorate responsible for those 'back-end' activities that involve the delivery of enterprise-wide support services to all policy directorates and executive agencies. The aim of the directorate is to provide quality client service based on the principles of specialised knowledge, best practices, and superior technology solutions, to serve the internal customer base of the Ministry, and certain circumstances some or all of the Ministry's business partners. The directorate is divided into five 'branches', which provide specific support for a particular area of expertise, these being Estates Management, Finance, Information Technology, Personnel Services, and Procurement. The Corporate Services Directorate is headed by a Chief Operations Officer, with the rank of Permanent Under-Secretary of State, who in turn reports personally to the Permanent Secretary of State and the Minister.

Executive agencies

There are a number of additional agencies broadly within the responsibility of the Ministry.

Local Government Commission

Created by the Local Government Act[2] of 1947, the commission has been established to formulate policy relating to local government in Guelphia. From 1948, the commission has been responsible for overseeing the various counties, municipalities, and parishes that exist across the country. The commission is also tasked in ensuring due diligence and good governance is being observed by all local authorities in the country.

National Archives

The repository of all government records, the National Archives was established in 1840, making it the oldest surviving executive agency in Guelphia. The National Archives keeps all of Guelphia's government records that have been created since the country was founded in 1836, including cabinet papers, citizenship records, court records, departmental memos, probate records, military service records, and historical statistical information, including past census records. The agency presently employs 92 people, and has it's headquarters on King's Square, with an additional secure storage facility near the town of Yarrowleigh.

National Lottery

The sole lottery in Guelphia, the National Lottery was created by the National Lottery Act[3] in 1966. The agency runs the weekly lotto draw, which is televised on ITN every Tuesday evening. All profits raised from the agency are used to fund many of Guelphia's cultural heritage, such as the various national museums, zoological, and botanic gardens.

Passport Agency

The body responsible for all matters relating to the issue, renewal and cancellation of passports to Guelphian subjects. The agency was established in 1992 to oversee the issue of passports, which all Guelphians need in order to travel abroad.

Agencies sui generis

National Security Intelligence Bureau

Responsible for domestic security and counter-intelligence operations, the National Security Intelligence Bureau (or NSIB) is considered to be an agency sui generis of the Ministry.

References and notes

  1. Constitution of Guelphia (1982). §6(3)
  2. Local Government Act (Public Act No. 61 of 1947).
  3. National Lottery Act (Public Act No. 44 of 1966).

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