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Volume 697: debated on Tuesday 18 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether the number of quangos in Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland has reduced in number in the past 10 years; and, if so, what reduction has taken place in each geographical area; and [HL676]

How many quangos there are in England; and what are the costs of these quangos individually and in total. [HL677]

The total number of non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) sponsored by the UK Government has fallen from 861 in 1997 to 835 in 2006.

Information on the number and expenditure of all NDPBs sponsored by the UK Government is published annually by the Cabinet Office. Information covering the period 1997-06 appears in the Cabinet Office Public Bodies publications and can be downloaded from the Civil Service website at Departments are in the process of collating information for 2007 and a summary will be published by the Cabinet Office in due course.

Information on public bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is a matter for the devolved Administrations.