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PRIME MINISTER CABINET Questions 1What is collective ministerial responsibility5 2Outline the role of the cabinet10 3What factors influence the prime ministers appointment of ministers15 4How powerful is the prime minister20 Answers 1The term simply refers to the notion of more than a single individual making decisions and thus being held to account for them solely The fact that it is ministerial responsibility means that it is in fact the cabinet ministers collectively making choices The reasoning behind this is perhaps that the many different people could represent different views or in fact simply as the more minds working a situation the better within limits Another term for such is collegiality As with the term collective responsibility part of the actual responsibility is all those under it must agree with all put forward by the superior in this case the Prime Minister Usually if whatever case say whether or not unmarried couples can adopt is up for discussion by the cabinet then after a majority has been reached the rest of the ministers must agree with it If a minister does not agree he or she must both keep hisher views silent and in the public eye defend the subject in question as if heshe was in favour of it If the minister in question firmly disagrees with the majority then heshe must resign or attempt to disagree with the cabinetprime minister and face the consequences These would probably include no further progression in their career although quite possibly some more severe below ground punishments which would not be made as public as resignation 2The cabinet of the British Government has many roles one of which is collective responsibility as described above One very important reason for this is that the party however untrue must appear to the public to be very secure and united they must show the public that all
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