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Non-departmental Public Bodies

Volume 455: debated on Thursday 25 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which non-departmental public bodies are sponsored by her Department; what the function is of each body; and what the budget was for each body in the most recent year for which figures are available. (116757)

Details of the remit, Government funding and gross expenditure of public bodies sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government can be found in the Cabinet Office publication “Public Bodies 2006”, copies of which are in the Library and which is also available online at:

In addition to those bodies listed in the 2006 edition under the Department for Communities and Local Government, this Department is now also responsible for the Equal Opportunities Commission and the Women’s National Commission, listed under the Department for Trade and Industry; and the Commission for Racial Equality and the Community Development Foundation listed under the Home Office.

The National Housing and Planning Advice Unit is a new Advisory NDPB and does not appear in Public Bodies 2006. It has been set up to provide independent advice and strengthen the evidence and analysis on improving housing market affordability available to the regional planning bodies throughout the planning process. Its budget for 2006-07 is £1.5 million. It is expected to be fully operational from March 2007.