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Non-departmental Public Bodies

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (1) how many non-departmental public bodies there were in (a) 1997, (b) May 2007 and (c) February 2009; (266926)

(2) how many staff of non-departmental public bodies were employed in (a) 1997, (b) May 2007 and (c) February 2009.

In 1997 there were 1,128 non-departmental public bodies sponsored by the UK Government employing approximately 106,400 staff. By 2007 this had fallen to 827 non-departmental public bodies employing around 96,500 staff. Figures for 2009 will be published in due course.