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Public Bodies

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 11th April 2002.

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Photo of Mr Kevin McNamara Mr Kevin McNamara Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list those public bodies that are not designated for the purposes of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Northern Ireland Office, Parliamentary Secretary (Northern Ireland Office)

Under section 75(3)(a) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has the authority to designate "any department, corporation or body listed in Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967 . . ."

The most recent list of bodies under Schedule 2 to the 1967 Act totals 237. Of these, 26 have been designated and a further 39 remain under consideration. These are:

Alcohol Education and Research Council

Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Broadcasting Standards Commission

Boundary Commission

Central Bureau for Educational Visits and Exchanges

Civil Aviation Authority

Committee for Monitoring Agreements on Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship

Committee on Standards in Public Life

Commonwealth Institute

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom

Community Development Foundation

Consumer Council for Postal Services

Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils

Economic and Social Research Council

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Food Standards Agency

Gas and Electricity Markets Authority

General Social Care Council

HM Treasury

Home Office

Information Commissioner

Lord Chancellor's Department

Medical Research Council

Ministry of Defence

National Biological Standards Board (UK)

National Care Standards Commission

National Radiological Protection Board

National Savings (part of the Treasury)

National Environment Research Council

Office of the Director General of Fair Trading

Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council

Pensions Compensation Board

Post Office Users' Council for Northern Ireland

Postal Services Commission

Treasury Solicitor's Department

UK Passport Agency (part of the Home Office)

United Kingdom Ecolabelling Board

War Pensions Agency (part of the Department for Work and Pensions)

War Pensions Committees.

Of the remainder, 130 have no remit in Northern Ireland. It is not appropriate to designate a further 42 as they have no scope to affect equality in Northern Ireland (for example because their role is purely advisory). These are listed below:

Bodies with no remit in Northern Ireland

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees

Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales

Agricultural Wages Committees

Apple and Pear Research Council

Arts Council of England

Benefits Agency

Britain-Russia Centre and the British East-West Centre

British Association for Central and Eastern Europe

British Museum

British Potato Council

British Tourist Authority

Cabinet Office

Central Office of Information

Certification Office for Trade Unions and Employers' Associations

Charity Commission

Child Support Agency

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)

Civil Justice Council

Coal Authority

Commission for Health Improvement

Commission for Racial Equality

Commission for the New Towns (English Partnerships)

Committee of Investigation for Great Britain

Competition Commission

Construction Industry Training Board

Consumers' Committee for Great Britain under the Agricultural Marketing Act 1958

Countryside Agency

Court Service

Crafts Council

Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

Crown Estate Office

Department for Education and Skills

Department for International Development

Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions

Department for Work and Pensions

Department of Health

Development Corporations for new towns

Disability Rights Commission

Docklands Light Railway

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Driving Standards Agency

Education Transfer Council

Employment Service

Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

English Heritage (Historical Buildings and Monuments Commission for England)

English National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting

English Nature

English Partnerships (Urban Regeneration Agency and Commission for the New Towns)

English Sports Council

English Tourist Board

Environment Agency

Equal Opportunities Commission

Fleet Air Arm Museum

Football Licensing Authority

Forestry Commission

Gaming Board for Great Britain

Gas and Electricity Consumer Council

Geffrye Museum

Health and Safety Commission

Health and Safety Executive

Higher Education Funding Council for England

Highways Agency

Historic Royal Palaces

HM Prison Service

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horserace Betting Levy Board

Horticultural Development Council

Housing Corporation

Imperial War Museum

Joint Nature Conservation Committee

Land Registry

Legal Services Commission

Local Government Commission for England

Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission

Meat and Livestock Commission

Milk Development Council

Museum of London

Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Museums and Galleries Commission

National Army Museum

National Consumer Council

National Employers' Liaison Committee

National Film and Television School

National Forest Company

National Gallery

National Maritime Museum

National Museum of Science and Industry

National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside

National Portrait Gallery

Natural History Museum

Office for National Statistics

Office of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Schools in England (OFSTED)

Office of the Rail Regulator

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Office of the Secretary of State for Wales

Office of the Director General of Water Services (OFWAT)

Oil and Pipelines Agency

Ordnance Survey

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Scotland

Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Wales

Parole Board

Police Information Technology Organisation

Public Record Office

Rail Passengers' Committees

Rail Passengers Council

Regional Development Agencies (other than the London Development Agency)

Remploy Ltd

Residuary Bodies

Royal Air Force Museum

Royal Armouries Museum

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England (now merged with English Heritage)

Royal Marines Museum

Royal Naval Museum

Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum

Strategic Rail Authority

Tate Gallery

Teacher Training Agency

The Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses

The Corporation of the Trinity House of Deptford Strond

UK Sports Council

Urban Development Corporations established for urban development areas wholly in England

Urban Regeneration Agency (English Partnerships)

Victoria and Albert Museum

Wallace Collection

Westminster Foundation for Democracy

Youth Justice Board for England and Wales

Bodies with no scope to affect equality

Advisory Board on Family Law

Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes

Advisory Council on Public Records

Authorised Conveyancing Practitioners Board

British Educational Communications and Technology Agency

British Film Institute

British Hallmarking Council

Building Societies Commission

Central Council for Education and Training in Social Work

Consumer Panel

Design Council

Electoral Commission

Food Advisory Committee

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Gene Therapy Advisory Committee

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

Immigration Services Commissioner

Investors in People UK

Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct

Lord President of the Council's Office

Medical Practices Committee

Medical Workforce Standing Advisory Committee

Millennium Commission

National Debt Office

National Lottery Commission

New Millennium Experience Company Ltd

Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority (OPRA)

Registry of Friendly Societies/Friendly Societies Commission

Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art

Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts

Royal Mint

Scientific Committee on Tobacco and Health

Sea Fish Industry Authority

Simpler Trade Procedures Board

Standing Dental Advisory Committee

Standing Medical Advisory Committee

Standing Nurse and Midwifery Advisory Committee

Standing Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee

The Great Britain-China Centre

Treasure Valuation Committee

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority

Women's National Commission.

Under section 75(3)(d) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998, the Secretary of State can designate "any other person". This is not a finite list and it is not, therefore, possible to list those bodies not designated under 75(3)(d).

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