I would like to ask the following.

Why has the UK Government moved away from "Ministry of..." names?

Traditionally, UK Government departments were named "Ministry of [blar]". For example,

  • Ministry of Transport
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Ministry of Education

In recent years, many of these have been retired in favour of "Department for [blar]". For example,

  • Ministry of Transport → Department for Transport
  • Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food → Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Ministry of Education → Department for Education

Why is Britain getting rid of its "Ministries" and replacing them with "Departments"?

Is this the right place to ask this?


2 Answers 2


Yes, I think this is a perfectly valid question for Politics Stack Exchange.


I disagree with Philipp on this one, and I think this would be off topic because

Questions asking for the internal motivations of people, how specific individuals would behave in hypothetical situations or predictions for future events are off-topic, because answers would be based on speculation and their correctness could not be verified with sources available to the public.

(That’s one of our custom close reasons)

So I would vote to close it on the main site.

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    As these are government departments rather than "specific individuals" then is this section still relevant? Sep 29, 2021 at 13:05
  • @JamesGeddes It still couldn’t be verified with sources available to the public, so the close reason still applies. Also, governments are run by individuals. Sep 29, 2021 at 13:18
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    When a government department gets renamed, then it would really surprise me when the press release announcing the change doesn't mention any reason whatsoever.
    – Philipp Mod
    Sep 29, 2021 at 13:40

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