§ Sir Neil Macfarlane
To ask the Secretary of State for the Environement if he will list the quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations abolished since 1979 within his department; what is the cost of all these organisations for which he is currently responsible; and how many personnel he appoints.
§ Mr. Ridley
The information requested is listed below:
The quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisa-tions for which my Department has been responsible and which have been abolished since 1979, are listed as follows:
Name of body Date abolished Construction and Housing Research Advisory Council September 1979 Ordnance Survey Review Committee September 1979 Planning and Transport Research Advisory Council (PATRAC) September 1979 Economic Planning Councils (England) (8) 1 September 1979 Ancient Monuments Board Committee for Rescue Archaeology 17 September 1979 Area Archaeological Advisory Committees (13) 17 September 1979 Advisory Committee on Trees in the Royal Parks 17 September 1979 Committee on Bird Sanctuaries in the Royal Parks 17 September 1979 Detergents and Allied Products—Voluntary Notification Scheme, Scrutiny Group 17 September 1979 Environmental Board 17 September 1979 Hadrian's Wall Advisory Committee 17 September 1979 Housing Corporation Advisory Committee on Co-operatives 17 September 1979 Standing Technical Committee on Synthetic Detergents 17 September 1979 Advisory Committee on the Purchase of Works of Art1 1 November 1979 Advisory Committee on Works of Art in the House of Commons1 (transferred to DES (OAL) 1 November 1979 Committee on Sculptures in the Royal Parks1 1 November 1979 National Consultative Council for the Building and Civil Engineering Industries 2 April 1980 Location of Offices Bureau 1 May 1980 Committee to Examine Standards of Lawn Tennis in Great Britain 10 June 1980 Corby Development Corporation 30 June 1980 Construction Industry Manpower Board 8 August 1980 Housing Association Registration Advisory Committee 8 August 1980 Stevenage Development Corporation 30 September 1980 Clean Air Council 13 November 1980 Housing Services Advisory Group 27 November 1980 Advisory Panel on Institutional Finance in New Towns 30 November 1980 Centre for Environmental Studies 30 November 1980 Harlow Development Corporation 28 December 1980 Waste Management Advisory Council January 1981 Noise Advisory Council 12 February 1981 Scientific Authority for Animals 10 March 1981 Runcorn Development Corporation (merged with Warrington) 1 April 1981
Name of body Date abolished National Building Agency 19 February 1982 Advisory Committee on Local Government Audit 31 March 1982 Hydraulics Research Station Advisory Committee 1 April 1982 Bracknell Development Corporation 30 June 1982 Advisory Committee on the Protection of Birds for England and Wales 28 September 1982 Advisory Committee on Rent Rebates and Rent Allowances 31 March 1983 Committee on Recreation Management Training 31 March 1983 Building Research Establishment Advisory Committee 24 August 1983 Water Space Amenity Commission 1 December 1983 National Water Council 1 January 1984 Commission on Energy and the Environment (appointments made jointly with the Secretary of State for Energy) 13 December 1984 Ancient Monuments Board for England2 31 March 1984 Historic Buildings Council for England2 Committee on the Management of Privately Owned Blocks of Flats November 1985 Central Lancashire Development Corporation 31 March 1986 Basildon Development Corporation 30 June 1985 Northampton Development Corporation 30 June 1985 Redditch Development Corporation 30 June 1985 Skelmersdale Development Corporation 30 June 1985 PSA Advisory Board 6 February 1986 London Housing Staff Commission 30 June 1986 Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas (CoSIRA)3 31 March 1988 Aycliffe and Peterlee Development Corporation March 1988 Washington Development Corporation March 1988 Peterborough Development Corporation September 1988 Tyne and Wear Residuary Body 31 December 1988 1 Not now classified as non-departmental public bodies. 2 Wound up upon setting up the Historic Building and Monuments Commission for England under the National Heritage Act 1983. 3 Merged with Development Commission to form Rural Development Commission.
The costs of the non-departmental public bodies for which my Department was responsible as at 1 July 1988 are shown in the HMSO publication "Public Bodies 1988", which also gives the number of appointments to those bodies.
Since 1 July 1988, four new urban development corporations have been established by my Department. The costs of these bodies and the number of appointments as at 31 March 1989 to them are as follows:
Grant-in-aid: 1988–89 £ million Appointments Bristol Development Corporation 0.2 10 Central Manchester Development Corporation 2.5 10 Leeds Development Corporation 2.7 10
£ million Appointments Sheffield Development Corporation 7.9 10