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Arm’s Length Bodies

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 28 January 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer with reference to page 53 of Putting the Frontline First, Cm 7753, what the name is of each of the 750 arm’s length bodies sponsored by the Government. (312300)

Details of arm’s length bodies sponsored by central Government are set out in the Cabinet Office publication, “Public Bodies”. The 752 bodies referred to on page 53 of “Putting the Frontline First”, CM 7753, includes all bodies named in this publication (“Public Bodies 2008”) plus executive agencies, non-ministerial Departments and other relevant bodies (e.g. charities and independent bodies) outside the standard Cabinet Office classification. A list of executive agencies and non-ministerial departments can be found on the Cabinet Office website.1 The 752 bodies referred to in “Putting the Frontline First”, CM 7753 also excludes independent monitoring boards on the basis that these are multiple bodies, but are of a single type, locally constituted, and staffed by volunteers. Finally, the above lists of bodies will be subject to change as in-year fluctuations occur, which will include the abolition of bodies announced in “Putting the Frontline First” taking effect once the necessary consultation and legislation has been completed.

1 These can be found at: