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Non-Departmental Public Bodies

Volume 22: debated on Thursday 29 April 1982

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asked the Prime Minister if she will list in the Official Report the executive non-departmental public bodies that have been the subject of overall reviews in accordance with the requirement set out in section 7 of "Non-departmental Public Bodies: A Guide for Departments" since the guide was published in October 1981; and if she will make a statement on the progress to date.

Such bodies are reviewed on the basis of an annual programme which ensures that all are examined at least once every five years. In 1981 the following 65 executive bodies were reviewed, in accordance with the procedures in the guide. The responsible Ministers decided to abolish the South Bank Theatre Board and 16 of the 23 industrial training boards; and to make significant changes to the six bodies asterisked, mainly in respect of their managing boards. My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Education and Science announced the Government's decisions on the Schools Council on Thursday 22 April.—[Vol. 22, c.429.]

Departmental Reviews of Executive Bodies Completed in the Year to December 1981 (Total Number 65)

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (2)

  • Home Grown Cereals Authority
  • Wine Standards Board

Department of Education and Science (8)

  • Agricultural Research Council Arts Council
  • Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Colleges Further Education Curriculum Review and Development Unit (Board of Management)
  • Museums and Galleries Commission Schools Council
  • South Bank Theatre Board—to be abolished Technician Education Council

Department of Employment (24)

  • Community Industry
  • Industrial Training Boards (23)—of which 16 are to be abolished and the scope of seven will be modified.

Department of the Environment (2)

  • London Housing Staff Commission
  • New Towns Staff Commission

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (including ODA) (2)

  • Commonwealth Development Corporation
  • Intermediate Technology Industrial Services

Department of Health and Social Security (2)

  • Medical Practices Committee
  • Occupational Pensions Board

Home Office (2)

  • Community Projects Foundation
  • Gaming Board for Great Britain

Department of Industry (3)

  • Co-operative Development Agency* National Enterprise Board*National Research Development Corporation* /to operate together as British Technology Group

Northern Ireland Departments (5)

  • Local Enterprise Development Unit
  • NI Local Government Officers Superannuation Committee
  • Ulster Folk and Transport Museum
  • Ulster Museum
  • Ulster Savings Committee

Scottish Office (13)

  • Commission for Local Authority Accounts in Scotland
  • Fire Services Examinations Board (Scotland)
  • Lay Observer (Law Society of Scotland)
  • Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland
  • National Galleries of Scotland, Trustees
  • National Library of Scotland, Trustees
  • National Museum of Antiquities, Trustees
  • Police (Scotland) Examinations Board
  • Scottish Community Education Centre*
  • Scottish Hospitals Endowments Research Trust
  • Scottish National War Memorial, Board of Trustees
  • Scottish Special Housing Association
  • Scottish Teachers' Salaries Committee*

Department of Trade (1)

  • Policy Holders Protection Board

Welsh Office (1)

  • Welsh Water Authority*