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Non-Departmental Public Bodies: Political Powers

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 10 October 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many people are members of quangos in England and Wales; and what the total cost of quangos in England and Wales was in each of the last 10 years; (152930)

(2) what assessments are made of the political party memberships of individuals appointed to quangos and commissions in England and Wales; what reforms are planned; and if he will make a statement;

(3) which public bodies are required to report to Parliament;

(4) how many and what percentage of the (a) paid and (b) unpaid appointments made to non-departmental public bodies since 1 May 1997 were (i) members and (ii) declared supporters of the Labour Party.

Information on membership and expenditure of public bodies is published annually by the Cabinet Office. Figures covering the period 1997 to 2006 are available on the civil service website ( Departments are in the process of publishing information for 2006-07 and a summary will be published by the Cabinet Office when publication by Departments is completed.

Information on the political activity of those appointed to the boards of public bodies is collected by the independent Commissioner for Public Appointments and published in her annual report. The Commissioner’s annual report for 2006-07 was published on 8 October 2007. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of the House.