Cabinet Committees are deliberative fora comprised of members of the Cabinet. The Committees are considered an integral part of the decision-making process of Cabinet, as they make the agenda of Cabinet more manageable by providing opportunities for in-depth discussion of issues; and the resolution of inter-ministerial conflict on policy issues. Cabinet Committees may be constituted as the need arises and the focus of existing committees may be amended.
Ideally, the Cabinet Committee system is ‘intended to be greater than simply the sum of its constituent parts’, as the system is designed to make available to Cabinet Ministers a specialized cadre of senior public officials who bring together wider knowledge, expertise and perspectives of varying Ministries, Departments and Agencies to increase the likelihood of better conclusions. The recommendations of all Cabinet Committees are then referred to Cabinet for final decision.