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Non-departmental Public Bodies

Transport, Local Government and the Regions written question – answered on 1st May 2002.

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Photo of Malcolm Moss Malcolm Moss Conservative, North East Cambridgeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, Local Government and the Regions how many NDPBs have ceased to exist since 1997.

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

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Records of the numbers of public bodies which are created and which cease to exist each year are not currently collected centrally. However, the total number of public bodies in existence each year is published in Annex B of the Cabinet Office publication, "Public Bodies 2001", a copy of which is held in the Library, and which is available on the internet.

In 1979, the first year in which the total number of public bodies was recorded, there were 2,167 public bodies. In 1997, this had decreased by 48 per cent. to 1,128. The total as at 31 March 2001 was 1,025 a further reduction of 9 per cent. In parallel with the continuing commitment to reduce the number of NDPBs, the Government also remain committed to ensuring that new NDPBs and other bodies are set up only where it can be demonstrated that this is the most cost-effective and appropriate means of carrying out the function concerned.

"Public Bodies 2002", giving details of public bodies in existence as at 31 March 2002, will be published in due course.

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