HC Deb 17 June 2002 vol 387 cc140-1W
Mr. Paul Marsden

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office if he will list the non-departmental public bodies, covered by the "Quangos: Opening the Doors" document, indicating(a) those that hold annual open meetings, (b) those that release summary reports of meetings, (c) those that invite evidence from members of the public, (d) those that allow public access to their records and (e) those brought within the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary Ombudsman. [62271]

Mr. Alexander

The 1998 publication, "Quangos, Opening the Doors", set out proposals for all non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), where appropriate, to be more open and responsive to the public. The information requested is not currently available but it is my intention to publish later this year in the Cabinet Office's publication "Public Bodies 2002" new information on: annual open meetings; release of summary reports of meetings; registers of members' interests; NDPB ombudsmen; whether annual reports are to be published; and whether the appointments to the NDPBs are regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.