A bonfire of Quangos or a transfer of power to EU.

A HIT list of 177 taxpayer-funded bodies to be abolished in a “bonfire of quangos” has been drawn up, it emerged yesterday.

This story is running with most of the press this morning, so there must have been a briefing..
but before I start saying thank god, I want a copy of the detailed list, so that I can check it against contacts in the EU bodies that will inevitably take over responsibility for the remits that these quangos had, to see whether it is a genuine cull, or simply a movement of responsibility to the EU institutions.

i.e. Health Protection Agency, there are equivalent EU bodies that do the same work, the European Medicines Agency & European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and there is an Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) although that equates to the Dept of Health in the UK.
I imagine the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority will also fit into the list above as will the 30 health bodies that will be cut or have their functions transferred to the Department of Health.

If we are looking at killing off UK institutions in favour of EU agency control over their remits, then the EU bodies for most of them are already there. The British Council (probably a genuine cull), Environment Agency (European Environment Agency (EEA), Competition Commission (DG Competition), Design Council (not sure), Energy Savings Trust (Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators), Equality and Human Rights Commission (European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the Forestry Commission (European Environment Agency (EEA)) and the Office for Fair Trading (Consumer Affairs) are among the 94 publicly funded bodies whose fate has yet to be decided would all fit into that target group.

How would the power be transferred? Each EU agency assuming the UK remits would liaise via the Committee of the Regions to feed their instructions and decisions back to local authorities in the UK who would then manage the implementation.

So expect the UK political announcements to be along the lines of… we are giving responsibility to local authorities etc, to bring decision making closer to the people… Smoke and bloody mirrors.

And its not just about the money although god knows it needs cutting, its about saving what is left of this country of mine, but it looks like our Euro-sceptic Tories are in the final phase of the 40 year programme of power transfers to the EU right now…

As I kept telling people, all those arrogant quislings who thought they were on to a winner, money money money, non jobs for life… well, now their work is done, now they have broken the back of England, they are and always were expendable, no longer needed and will be thrown on the scrap heap with those who have gone before them…

Industry by Industry they have taken the quislings for suckers…. now its the public sector and the quangos…


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8 Responses to A bonfire of Quangos or a transfer of power to EU.

  1. Lawson Narse says:

    The full list:- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/8021780/Quango-cuts-full-list-of-bodies-under-review.html

    Administrative Justice and Tribunal Council

    Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products

    Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens

    Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections

    Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances

    Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies

    Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites

    Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships

    Advisory Committee on Organic Standards

    Advisory Committee on Packaging

    Advisory Committee on Pesticides

    Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection

    Advisory Committee on the safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs

    Advisory Council on Libraries

    Advisory Group on Hepatitis

    Advisory Panel on Local Innovation Awards

    Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate

    Agricultural Dwelling House Committees (16 bodies)

    Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales

    Agricultural Wages Committees (15 bodies)

    Air Quality Expert Group

    Alcohol Education and Research Council

    Animal Welfare Advisory Committee

    Appointments Commission

    Audit Commission

    British Educational Communications and Technology Agency

    British Nuclear Fuels

    British Shipbuilders

    British Waterways

    Capacity Builders

    Caribbean Board

    Churches Conservation Trust

    Commission for Integrated Transport

    Commission for Rural Communities

    Commissioner for the Compact

    Committee on Agricultural Valuation

    Committee on Carcogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment

    Committee on Medical Aspects of Air Pollutants

    Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment

    Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment

    Committee on the Safety of Devices

    Commons Commissioners

    Consular Stakeholder Panel

    Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence

    Courts Boards (19 bodies)

    Crown Court Rule Committee

    Cycling England

    Darwin Advisory Committee

    Disability Employment Advisory Committee

    Disability Living/Attendance Allowance Advisory Board

    Disabled Persons’ Transport Advisory Committee

    Expert Advisory Group on HIV/AIDS

    Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards

    Farm Animal Welfare Council

    Food from Britain

    Foreign Compensation Commission

    Gene Therapy Advisory Committee

    General Social Care Council

    General Teaching Council for England

    Genetics and Insurance Committee

    Government Hospitality Advisory Committee on the Purchase of Wines

    Government Strategic Marketing Advisory Board

    Health Protection Agency

    Hearing Aid Council

    Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee

    HM Inspectorate of Court Administration

    Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority

    Human Genetics Commission

    Human Tissue Authority

    Independent Advisory Group of Sexual Health and HIV

    Independent Advisory Group on Teenage Pregnancy

    Independent Living Fund

    Independent Review Panel for the Classification of Borderline Products

    Independent Review Panel on the Advertising of Medicines

    Infrastructure Planning Commission

    Inland Waterways Advisory Council

    Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal

    Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations

    Legal Deposit Advisory Panel

    Legal Services Commission

    Legal Services Ombudsman

    London Thames Gateway Development Corporation*

    Main Honours Advisory Committee

    Maqistrates’ Court Rule Committee

    Museums, Libraries and Archives Council

    National Housing and Planning Advice Unit

    National Information Governance Board

    National Joint Registry Steering Committee

    National Policing Improvement Agency

    National Standing Committee for Farm Animal Genetic Resources

    National Tenant Voice

    National Endowment for Science, Technology and Arts

    Office for the Civil Society Advisory Bodies

    Olympic Park Legacy Company*

    Pesticides Residues Committee

    Public Guardian Board

    Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency

    Railway Heritage Committee

    Regional Development Agencies (8 bodies)

    Renewables Advisory Board

    Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution

    School Food Trust

    School Support Staff Negotiating Body

    Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition

    Security Commission

    Security Industry Authority


    Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee

    Standards Board for England

    Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property

    Sustainable Development Commission

    Teachers TV Board

    The Theatres Trust

    Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation*

    UK Chemical Weapons Convention National Authority Advisory Committee

    UK Film Council

    Union Modernisation Advisory Fund

    Veterinary Residues Committee

    Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Advisory Board

    West Northamptonshire Development Corporation*

    Women’s National Commission

    Zoos Forum

    * = Responsibility devolved to relevant Local Authority

    Public bodiess to be privatised (4 bodies)

    Construction and Skills Training Board

    Engineering Construction Industry

    Film Industry Training Board

    The Tote Board

    Public bodies to be merged or consolidated (Maximum of 129 bodies reduced to Minimum of 57)

    Advisory Committees on Justices of the Peace, (101 bodies – to be reduced to 49)

    Central Arbitration Committee, Single Arbitration Panel

    Certification Office, (as above)

    Competition Appeals Tribunal, Single Tribunals Service

    Competition Service, (as above)

    Copyright Tribunal, (as above)

    Police Advisory Board, (as above)

    Police Negotiating Board, (as above)

    Police Arbitration Tribunal, (as above)

    Rent Assessment Panels, (as above)

    Residential Property Tribunal Service, (as above)

    Valuation Tribunal for England, (as above)

    Valuation Tribunal Service, (as above)

    Crown Prosecution Service, Single Prosecution Service

    Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office, (as above)

    English Heritage, Single Heritage Body

    National Heritage Memorial Fund, (as above)

    National Heritage Lottery Fund, (as above)

    Football Licensing Authority, Single Sport Body

    Sport England, (as above)

    UK Sport, (as above)

    Gambling Commission, Single Gambling Regulator

    National Lottery Commission, (as above)

    Ofcom, Single Communications Regulator

    Postcomm, (as above)

    Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, Single Immigration Body

    Pensions Ombudsman, Single Pensions Regulator

    Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman, (as above)

    Serious Organised Crime Agency, Merged into National Crime Agency

    Public bodies still under review (94 bodies)

    Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors

    Advisory Council on Public Records

    Advisory Council on National Records and Archives

    Advisory Council on Historical Manuscripts

    Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information

    Agricultural and Horticultural Development Board

    Animal Procedures Committee

    BBC World Service

    British Council

    British Hallmarking Council

    Building Regulations Advisory Committee

    Carbon Trust

    Chief Coroner of England and Wales

    Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

    Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

    Children’s Workforce Development Council

    Civil Justice Council

    Coal Authority

    Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment

    Community Development Foundation

    Competition Commission

    Consumer Council for Water

    Consumer Focus

    Covent Garden Market Authority

    Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

    Design Council

    Diplomatic Service Appeals Board

    Exports Credit Guarantee Department

    Energy Savings Trust

    Environment Agency

    Equality and Human Rights Commission

    Family Justice Council


    Forestry Commission

    Fuel Poverty Advisory Group

    Historic Royal Palaces

    Homes and Community Agency

    Horserace Betting Levy Board

    Independent Safeguarding Authority

    Industrial Development Advisory Board

    Investigatory Powers Tribunal

    Joint Nature Conservation Committee

    Law Commission of England and Wales

    Leasehold Advisory Service

    Local Better Regulation Office

    National Museums and Galleries (18 bodies*)

    National Army Museum

    National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services

    National Employer Advisory Board

    National Forest Company

    National Museum of the Royal Navy

    Natural England

    Office for Fair Access

    Office for Fair Trading


    Partnership for Schools

    Public Lending Right Committee

    Public Trustee Youth Justice Board

    Rail Passengers’ Committee

    Remploy, Ltd.

    Renewable Fuels Agency

    Royal Air Force Museum

    Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew

    Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the Design of Coins, Medals, Seals and Decorations

    Sea Fish Industry Authority

    Student Loans Company

    Tenant Services Authority

    The National Archives

    The Office of the Children’s Commissioner

    The Pensions Advisory Service

    Training and Development Agency for Schools

    UK Atomic Energy Agency

    UK India Round Table

    UK Supreme Court

    Visit Britain

    Visit England

    Young People’s Learning Agency

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  3. Edward Spalton says:

    The Regional Development Agencies (on the above list), Regional Assemblies (in England) and Regional Government Offices have all been mentioned as possible candidates for the chop.

    But the EU requires regional structures, bypassing central government, for administering its discretionary grants (when they give us a bit of our own money back to do something they want us to do). The treaty obligations to do this have not changed.

    I have heard a whisper of “regional leadership groups” of councillors but have not had time to find out anything about them.

    • It will all now begin to focus on the Regional Grand Committees, set up by Blair it has until now simply been a regional forum for Westminster MP’s.

      We may now see some of the RDAs powers (which are extensive, and cannot be abolished as they are created under EU Directives) transferred to these Regional Grand Committees, where a new bureaucracy will grow up around them.


      Even their name smacks of Soviet planning…

      EDIT: I have just noticed that the Standing Order for Regional Grand Committees expired in April 2010, and has not been renewed.

      OK, open speculation again as to how the Coalition is going to Regionalise England to keep within the terms of the Maastrict Treaty.

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