Minister of State
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A Minister of State is the senior ministerial rank in the government of Guelphia. The title is bestowed upon government ministers who have been sworn by the Sovereign to occupy and administer a cabinet portfolio of the Guelphian Civil Service, and by virtue of their office, are Executive Councillors and are entitled to sit as full-members of the Cabinet of Guelphia. As of June 2013, there are fourteen such ministers of state in Guelphia.
Function and roles
The office of minister of state was established under the Constitution of Guelphia. It is the only such ministerial office to be given constitutional recognition, with the more junior offices being instead created under the provisions of the Ministers of the Crown Act.
Ministers of State are assisted by the more junior Deputy Ministers, the most senior of whom in their portfolio receives the additional title of Assistant Minister. It is customary that ministers of state also receive a Parliamentary Secretary, who will often perform minor duties such as answering questions on notice and tabling reports on behalf of the minister when their ministerial commitments prevent them from personally attending the Parliament.
List of current ministers of state
Arranged according to seniority in the order of precedence:
- Minister of State for Finance
- Minister of State for Foreign Affairs
- Minister of State for Home Affairs
- Minister of State for Defence
- Minister of State for Justice
- Minister of State for Health
- Minister of State for Education
- Minister of State for Labour and National Service
- Minister of State for Trade and Industry
- Minister of State for Transport
- Minister of State for Communications
- Minister of State for Primary Industry
- Minister of State for Conservation and Land Management
- Minister of State for Energy and Water Resources
References and notes
- Constitution of Guelphia (1982). §32
- Ministers of the Crown Act (Public Act No. 61 of 1984).