Non-departmental Public Bodies

International Development written question – answered on 28th October 2005.

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Photo of Sir David Amess Sir David Amess Conservative, Southend West

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which of the advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department have a statutory base; which (a) publish their advice to Government, (b) publish an annual report and (c) lay an annual report before Parliament; and whether it is under a statutory requirement in each case.

Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Party Chair, Co-operative Party

The Department for International Development (DFID) is responsible for one advisory non-departmental public body, the Overseas Service Pensions Scheme Advisory Board (OSPSAB).

The Overseas Service Pensions Scheme Advisory Board was created to advise the Secretary of State for International Development on the administration of the overseas service pensions scheme 1985 and the investment of the fund's assets.

The overseas service pensions scheme 1985 is now in the process of being defunded. On completion of this, the Advisory Board will be dissolved.

The Advisory Board (a) publishes its advice in the minutes of meetings, under the terms of its freedom of information publication scheme, (b) publishes an annual report and accounts which (c) are laid in Parliament, as required by the Pensions Act, 1995.

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