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Civil Service Agencies

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills if he will list each of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies, setting out in each case their (i) function, (ii) latest estimated annual running costs and (iii) number of staff; and if he will make a statement. (203156)

The non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies of my Department are listed in the following table. This provides the details sought in your question.

Schedule of the non-departmental public bodies and executive agencies—April 2008

Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Student Loans Company (SLC)

Office for Fair Access (OFFA)

Learning and Skills Council (LSC)

Commission for Employment and Skills (CES)

Type of body

NDPB

NDPB

NDPB

NDPB

Executive NDPB and company limited by guarantee

Approximate FTEs (full-time equivalents)

240

1,280

3

1 3,630

85

Budget (£ million)

2008-09

7,466.7

82.3

0.5

11,589

269.7

2009-10

7,706.3

74.7

0.49

12,017

268.1

2010-11

8,061.0

77.1

0.48

12,599

267.9

Key functions

Distribute public money to HEIs

To provide financial services to HEIs and students throughout the UK

To promote and safeguard fair access to HE for under-represented groups

Funding and commissioning post-16 learning (up to but not including HE) in England

Assess progress towards 2020 Leitch objective

Promote high quality education and research

To administer the collection of repayments

Work effectively across the four UK nations to support the world class skills agenda

Ensure accountability and promote good practice

Advise Ministers and monitor the contribution of the employment and skills system

Advise on the integration of employment and skills related services

Manage the performance of the Sector Skills Councils

1 Establishment figure. 2 DIUS funding.

New FE sector-owned improvement body

National Weights and Measures Laboratory (NWML)

UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)

Research Councils (RCs)

Technology Strategy Board (TSB)

Type of body

tbc

Executive agency

Executive agency and trading fund

NDPB

NDPB

Approximate FTEs (full-time equivalents)

120

51

959

29,909

75

Budget (£ million)

2008-09

1140-150 throughout the period

4.3

57.8

3,111.8

180

2009-10

1

5.2

59.9

3,239.1

243

2010-11

1

5.3

60.1

3,395.6

253

Key functions

Strategic commissioning body to support FE organisational development

Responsibility for the UK’s Weights and Measures framework

Responsibility for the UK’s Intellectual Property framework

The Research Councils aim to deliver a world-class research base and through this create a higher level of economic impact and a better quality of life for people in the UK. The integration of three key outputs is vital to achieving this objective: skilled people, knowledge and innovation

Managing programmes to support technological innovation for DIUS

To improve standards of teaching and learning for the benefit of learners, employers and the wider community

Provision of statutory and commercial metrology services

Responsibility for the UK engagement on IP issues

2Figure from 2006-07 reports and includes institute/scientific and technical staff.

Design Council

National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts(NESTA)1

National Physical Laboratory

Type of body

NDPB

NDPB

Government owned contractor operated agency

Approximate FTEs (full-time equivalents)

65

95

575

Budget (£ million)

2008-09

6.035

38

58

2009-10

6.035

38

59

2010-11

6.035

38

47

Key functions

Strengthen and support the UK economy and society by inspiring and enabling the best use of design

To support and promote talent, innovation and creativity in the fields of science, technology and the arts

NPL is the UK's National Measurement Institute and is a centre of excellence in developing and applying accurate measurement standards, science and technology

DIUS provides NPL with guaranteed funding to maintain and disseminate current measurement standards and to perform research into new standards, techniques and instrumentation that will support future UK needs and stimulate innovation

NPL also represents the UK in the international measurement arena

1NESTA is funded by an endowment from the National Lottery rather than grant-in-aid.