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Non-Departmental Public Bodies

Volume 513: debated on Tuesday 13 July 2010

16. What recent progress he has made on reducing the cost to the public purse of his Department’s non-departmental public bodies. (7707)

When I looked into whether the Treasury had any non-departmental public bodies, I found that we had just one, the Royal Mint Advisory Committee, which comes up to London three times a year to advise the Chancellor on coin designs. I then tried to find out how much it cost the taxpayer. The answer is nothing, because its charges have been taken over by the Royal Mint, which is an arm’s length Government company. I hope that that answers my hon. Friend’s question.

Across Government, how many quangos are there, how much taxpayers’ money are they wasting, and how will they be made democratically accountable?

The answers to my hon. Friend’s questions are “Too many”, “Too much”, and “Through the spending review and over the course of the Parliament.”