Non-departmental Public Bodies

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 19th July 2001.

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Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Conservative, Rayleigh

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what plans his Department has to reduce the number of Government NDPBs.

Photo of Chris Leslie Chris Leslie Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office)

This Government have reduced the number of quangos (or non-departmental public bodies to use the official classification) by around 10 per cent. since 1997. This means that numbers now stand at their lowest level for over 20 years. Individual NDPBs are subject to regular review and we continue to work hard to ensure that the overall number of quangos is kept to a minimum.

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