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Departments: Public Bodies

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 16 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list his Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), (c) advisory NDPBs, (d) tribunal NDPBs, (e) trading funds and (f) public corporations in each financial year since 2005-06. (156630)

Details of these bodies are available in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Annual Reports for the relevant years, the FCO's non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) website (, the List of Ministerial Responsibilities (which is published by Cabinet Office on a regular basis and lists all executive agencies) and Public Bodies 2006 (which lists all NDPBs for 2005-06). However, for ease of reference the FCO bodies are listed as follows:

The FCO had only one executive agency, Wilton Park, in 2005-06. From 1 April 2006 the FCO's list of executive agencies increased to include both Wilton Park and FCO Services.

Since 2005-06 the FCO had the following executive NDPBs:

British Association for Central and Eastern Europe;

The British Council;

Great Britain China Centre;

Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission;

Westminster Foundation for Democracy.

Since 2005-06 the FCO had the following advisory NDPBs:

Diplomatic Service Appeal Board;

Government Hospitality Advisory Committee for the Purchase of Wine;

Wilton Park Academic Council.

Since 2005-06 the FCO had the following tribunal NDPB:

Foreign Compensation Commission.

The FCO does not currently have any Trading Funds.

Since 2005-06 the FCO has had only one public corporation, the BBC World Service, although the British Council is also classified as a public corporation by HM Treasury for budgeting purposes only.