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Thursday, May 25, 2006
DCLG Ministresses announced
The DCLG has announced the full responsibilities of its new ministers following the reshuffle. Amazingly, it's now an all-female department apart from the lovely Phil Woolas. And there's a newbie in Meg Munn who, amongst other things, is now responsible for gypsies. The first thing I thought of was Keats' poem Meg Merrilees which begins 'Old Meg she was a gypsy, and lived upon the moor." Strange of me, I know.

The full list is as follows:

Ruth Kelly MP- Secretary of state for communities and local government and minister for women - Overall responsibility for the Department.

Phil Woolas MP - Minister for local government and community cohesion - Local government policy; local government finance; neighbourhood renewal; supporting people, community cohesion and faith; fire and civil resilience; cities.

Yvette Cooper MP - Minister for housing and planning - Housing; planning; planning Casework; urban policy; growth areas; Thames Gateway; building regulations; government offices; regional economic development (including Northern Way).

Angela E Smith MP - Parliamentary under secretary of state - Fire; building regulations; climate change; local government intervention and engagement; beacon councils; capacity building fund; e-government; audit commission sponsorship; performance framework; ordnance survey.

Meg Munn MP - Parliamentary under secretary of state - Women and equalities; support on community cohesion and faith; Gypsies and travellers; planning casework.

Baroness Andrews OBE - Parliamentary under secretary of state - DCLG business in the House of Lords; planning policy; planning casework; neighbourhood renewal (New Deal for Communities, neighbourhood management pathfinders and local enterprise growth initiative); liveability; social exclusion.

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