HC Deb 01 July 1982 vol 26 cc362-5W
Mr. McMahon

asked the Prime Minister how many new non-departmental public bodies have been established since May 1979 in each region in England, Wales and Scotland, respectively, and at what cost to public funds.

The Prime Minister

Forty-nine new bodies have been established, of which four have already been wound up. Fifteen cover the United Kingdom; nine, Great Britain; three, England and Wales; seven, England; seven,

Department and Body Estimated 1981–82 costs £ Geographical area of activity
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
Steering Group on Food Surveillance* United Kingdom
Department of Education and Science
National Heritage Memorial Fund (jointly with Department of the Environment) 2,012,000 United Kingdom
Advisory Committee on Business Sponsorship of the Arts †5,000 England and Wales
Advisory Committee for the Microelectronics Education Programme (formerly the Advisory Committee on Microelectronics in Education) †16,000 England and Wales
Youth Service Review Group 121,000 England
Public Lending Right 293,000 United Kingdom
Industrial Scholarship Trust (initially the National Engineering Scholarship Scheme (Action Committee)) †149,000 United Kingdom
National Advisory Body for Local Authority Higher Education England
Department of Employment Group
Certification of Electrical Equipment for Mining Advisory Council 5,000 Great Britain
Certification Board for Diver Training 5,000 Great Britain
Industry Advisory Committee for Education Services 5,000 Great Britain
Industry Advisory Committee for Health Services 5,000 Great Britain
Special Programmes Area Board (for Durham) 1,000 Durham
Training of Trainers Advisory Group 7,000 Great Britain
Department of the Environment
Leasehold Valuation Tribunals England
London Housing Staff Commission 9,500 London
Property Services Agency Advisory Board 3,000 United Kingdom
London Docklands Urban Development Corporation 34,000,000 London
Merseyside Urban Development Corporation 6,000,000 North West
National Heritage Memorial Fund (jointly with Department of Education and Science) 2,000,000 United Kingdom
Department of Health and Social Security
Advisory Group on Hepatitis †4,000 United Kingdom
Informal Working Group on Effective Prescribing †7,000 England
London Advisory Group║ †80,000 London
Maternity Services Advisory Committee †6,000 England and Wales
Steering Group on Health Services Information †85,000 England
Working Group on Laser Safety †2,000 England
Working Group on Rickets †1,000 England
Home Office
Alcohol Education and Research Council Great Britain
Broadcasting Complaints Commission ¶100,000 Great Britain
Joint Committee on Refugees from Vietnam †91,000 Great Britain
Police Negotiating Board †27,000 Great Britain
Department of Industry
Alvey Committee on "Fifth-generation" computers United Kingdom
Information Technology Focus Committee 50,000 United Kingdom
National Maritime Institute Shadow Board ●33,000 United Kingdom
Space Consultative Committee United Kingdom
Inland Revenue and Customs and Excise
Committee on Enforcement powers of Revenue Departments 43,000 United Kingdom
Scottish Office
Committee of Inquiry into the Functions and Powers of the Islands Councils in Scotland 40,000 Scotland
Committee of Inquiry into Local Government in Scotland║ ■40,000 Scotland
Council for Tertiary Education in Scotland 13,000 Scotland
Health Education Co-ordinating Committee 1,000 Scotland
Scottish Seed Potato Development Council Scotland
Standing Advisory Committee on List D Schools║ 13,000 Scotland
St. Vincent Drilling Company║ 9,000 Scotland

Scotland; two, Wales; three, London; and one each in the North East and North West, together with one overseas body. They are listed as follows together with the costs incurred in the latest year for which figures are available.

Department and Body Estimated 1981–82 costs Geographical area of activity
Department of Trade
Pilotage Commission 8,000 United Kingdom
National Metrological Co-ordinating Unit 195,000 United Kingdom
Red Sea Lights Company Ltd. Overseas
Company Law Service Advisory Panel 5,000 United Kingdom
Welsh Office
Housing Management Advisory Panel 3,000 Wales
Leasehold Valuation Tribunals 3,000 Wales
— Cost of the body in 1981–82 was negligible.
* Formerly an interdepartmental group of officials
† Financial Year 1980–81.
‡ Finance for this body comes from local education authorities through pooling adjustments to their block grant: estimated costs in 1982–83 are £725,000.
║ Subsequently wound up.
¶ Includes grant in aid of £99,000 which is recovered from the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Independent Broadcasting Authority.
● In the half-year to June 1982.
■ Costs relate to body's lifetime from January to December 1980.