Quangos

Oral Answers to Questions — Energy – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th June 1979.

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Photo of Mr Michael English Mr Michael English , Nottingham West 12:00 am, 11th June 1979

asked the Secretary of State for Energy for which quasi-autonomous national government organisations he is responsible.

Photo of Mr David Howell Mr David Howell , Guildford

Apart from the nationalised energy industries and the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, I appoint the members of eight advisory bodies, the full titles of which I will circulate in the Official Report.

Photo of Mr Michael English Mr Michael English , Nottingham West

I am grateful. Does the right hon. Gentleman favour greater parliamentary scrutiny in this area? Is he one of those Cabinet Ministers who favour the setting-up of a Select Committee related to his Department? Does he favour these quangos being brought within the scope of public audit?

Photo of Mr David Howell Mr David Howell , Guildford

Without committing myself to specific Select Committees—it is hardly my place to do that, for it is a matter for Parliament to decide—I think that the hon. Gentleman knows from experience that I favour closer and greater parliamentary scrutiny and debate of the complex issues which many of these boards are considering.

Following is the information:

  • Advisory Committee on Fixed Offshore Installations.
  • Advisory Council on Energy Conservation.
  • Advisory Council on Research and Development for Fuel and Power.
  • Energy Commission.
  • Offshore Energy Technology Board.
  • Offshore Industry Liaison Committee.
  • Offshore Safety Inquiry.
  • Severn Barrage Committee.