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Reshuffle 2014: Women Control One In Four Pounds Of Government Spending

15/07/2014 15:20 BST | Updated 16/07/2014 09:59 BST
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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron listens during a visit to officially open the Williams F1 new Advanced Engineering facility near Wantage in Oxfordshire, England, Friday, July 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, Pool)

David Cameron has just put the finishing touches to his reshuffle that was heavily billed as a way to add more women to the "male, pale and stale" cabinet.

Women now make up roughly a quarter of the cabinet, in contrast to the 52% share of Britain's population. But how much sway do the female cabinet ministers have in the coalition?

For its calculations, HuffPost UK used the government departmental expenditure limits (2013-2014), combining the current and capital budgets, which provide for all firm spending plans. The biggest female spender is new education secretary Nicky Morgan.

Out of the £360 billion annual budget across government departments, female cabinet ministers now control £89.8 billion altogether, equating to around one in four pounds.

Here is how it breaks down.

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UK Government Departments By Spending Power