Department of Health: Arm's-length Bodies

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Warner Lord Warner Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Department of Health has reduced the number of arm's length bodies to 20, as proposed in the 2004 review Reconfiguring the Department of Health's Arm's Length Bodies; which arm's length bodies are involved in health and social care (under the review's definition of such bodies); and what their total expenditure was in 2008—09 (in 2003—04 prices).

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

Following the review of the department's arms length bodies (ALBs), the number of pre-existing ALBs has been reduced from 38 in 2004 to 20 in 2009. Subsequent to the review, responsibility for one ALB (the Alcohol Education and Research Council) has transferred to the Department of Health from the Home Office, raising the current number of ALBs to 21. All of these ALBs have roles in the health and social care system.

In 2008-09 there were 24 ALBS as the transfer of three ALBs into the new Care Quality Commission, and the merger of the National Institute of Biological Standards and Control into the Health Protection Agency, took place on 1 April 2009. Total ALB revenue expenditure funded by the department in 2008-09 (also in 2003-04 prices) is summarised in the following table:

Arms-Length Body Department Funding £m Restated at 2003-04 Prices £m
Commission for Social Care Inspection 106 94
Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence 2 2
General Social Care Council 11 10
Health and Social Care Information Centre 38 34
Health Protection Agency 176 155
Healthcare Commission 66 59
Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority 4 3
Human Tissue Authority 1 1
Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority 11 10
Mental Health Act Commission 6 5
Monitor (Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts) 13 11
National Institute for Biological Standards and Controls 19 16
National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence 34 30
National Patient Safety Agency 28 25
National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse 12 10
NHS Appointments Commission 4 4
NHS Blood and Transplant 83 74
NHS Business Services Authority 140 124
NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement 81 71
NHS Litigation Authority 1 0
NHS Professionals 10 9
NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency 45 40
Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board 2 2
2008-09 department revenue funding for ALBs 893 789
Other ALB related expenditure 3 3
Total 2008-09 department funded ALB revenue expenditure 896 792


2003-04 prices quoted are calculated using the GDP Deflator at market prices issued by ONS, as at 30 June 2009.

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