Merriam-Webster may define this as a piece of furniture, often made of wood. We know. But in this context, cabinet refers to a group of ministers chosen by the Prime Minister to work with him or her, each representing different government departments. The cabinet, as a body, is responsible for the administration of the government and the establishment of its policy. Cabinets vary in size from one Parliamentary session to another. Above and beyond credentials, geographic and gender distribution play important roles in determining eligibility.