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Public Bodies

Treasury written question – answered on 26th November 2001.

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Photo of Andrew Turner Andrew Turner Conservative, Isle of Wight

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer

(1) if he will list those public bodies which are the responsibility of his Department and which are not listed in Public Bodies 2000;

(2) if he will list those public bodies to which his Department appoints members and which are not listed in Public Bodies 2000.

Photo of Ruth Kelly Ruth Kelly Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

Public Bodies 2000 sets out information on non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), certain public corporations (including nationalised industries) and NHS bodies. There are four types of NDPB: executive NDPBs; advisory NDPBs; tribunal NDPBs; and boards of visitors to penal establishments. The next edition will be published around the end of the year. Information about taskforces, annual reports and ad hoc advisory groups and reviews is set out in an annual report, published by the Cabinet Office.

Copies of Public Bodies 2000 are in the Library of the House and this publication may be accessed via the Cabinet Office website http://www.official-documents.co.uk/ document/caboff/pb00/pb00.htm. Copies of the annual report on taskforces and similar bodies have also been placed in the Library of the House and the annual report is being made available on the Cabinet Office website.

Ministers of the Chancellor's Departments and agencies make appointments to a number of bodies that are not public bodies so are not listed in "Public Bodies. These bodies, their status and the numbers of ministerial appointments are listed in the table:

Name of body Status of body Number of ministerial appointments
Building Societies Commission(14) Part of the Registry of Friendly Societies (Government body) 8 Commissioners
Crown Estate Commission Crown Office 8 Commissioners
Financial Services Authority Private Company limited by Guarantee 14 Appointments
Friendly Societies Commission(14) Part of the Registry of Friendly Societies (Government body) 6 Appointments
Public Works Loan Board Government body 16 Appointments

(14) These bodies will cease to exist in their current form on 30 November 2001 with the bringing into force of the FSMA.

Treasury Ministers also make a total of nine non-executive appointments to the Management Boards of the Royal Mint, Office for National Statistics and National Savings, as well as 105 part-time lay appointments to VAT and Duties Tribunals.

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