Appendix 9

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Appendix 9 Number of Ministers—statutory variations


  Year Number 1 Authority

  1901 7 Constitution, s. 65
  1915 8 Ministers of State Act 1915
  1917 9 Ministers of State Act 1917
  1935 10 Ministers of State Act 1935
  1938 11 Ministers of State Act 1938
  1941 19 Ministers of State Act 1941 2
  1951 20 Ministers of State Act 1951 3
  1956 22 Ministers of State Act 1956
  1964 25 Ministers of State Act 1964
  1967 26 Ministers of State Act 1967
  1971 27 Ministers of State Act 1971
  1987 30 Ministers of State Amendment Act (No. 2) 1987
  2000 42 4 Ministers of State and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2000

 


1 This figure refers to Ministers of State in terms of ss. 64 66 of the Constitution that is, appointed to administer a department of State. In earlier years Executive Councillors were sometimes appointed as Ministers who did not administer a department e.g. Minister without Portfolio or Minister in charge of certain responsibilities. The Vice President of the Executive Council did not administer a department until the early 1930s.
2 The number of Ministers had been previously increased to 12 by a regulation under the National Security Act (H.R. Deb. (24.6.41) 322-3). The Ministers of State Act 1941 increased the number of Ministers to 19 as a special provision during the war; this provision was repealed and the Act amended retaining the number at 19 by the Ministers of State Act 1946.
3 The consolidated Ministers of State Act 1952 retained the number at 20. 4 Ministers designated as Parliamentary Secretaries not to exceed 12 and those not so designated not to exceed 30.

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