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Non-departmental Public Bodies

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 26th July 2010.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the answer of 14 July 2010, Official Report, column 801W, on non-departmental public bodies, when he expects to announce the number of non-departmental public bodies to be abolished.

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

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what progress has been made on the abolition of non-departmental public bodies; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Francis Maude Francis Maude The Paymaster General and Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Government are committed to reducing the number of public bodies to increase accountability and reduce costs. To this end, I am working with Departments to assess the public bodies that fall within their areas of responsibility against three tests: do they perform a technical function; do they require political impartiality; or do they act independently to establish facts. We expect to publish the outcome of this assessment by the autumn.

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