About Edit

The Central Policy Review Staff (CPRS), nicknamed the "Think-Tank", was an independent unit within the Cabinet Office of the United Kingdom tasked with developing long term strategy and co-ordinating policy across government departments. It was established by Edward Heath in February 1971 but was later disbanded by Margaret Thatcher following the 1983 general election.

The CPRS was created in response to The Reorganisation of Central Government white paper published in October 1970. It had four directors over its 12 year lifetime;

  • Lord Rothschild (1971-1974)
  • Sir Kenneth Berrill (1974-1980)
  • Sir Robin Ibbs (1980-1982)
  • John Sparrow (1982-1983)

Upon its abolition, some of the functions of the CPRS were transferred to the Downing Street policy unit.

Follow Up ? Edit

The Number 10 Policy Unit is a body of political advisors and policy-makers in 10 Downing Street in the British government. Between 2001 and 2007 as part of the fusion between the Cabinet Office and Number 10 after the General Election in 2001 it merged with the Number 10 Private Office to form the Number 10 Policy Directorate. Currently, Jeremy Heywood serves as Permanent Secretary of No.10, with Dan Corry Head of the Number 10 Policy Unit. On a day to day level it works closely with the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit in the Cabinet Office.