HC Deb 20 May 2002 vol 386 c132W
Tony Wright

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister if he will list the public bodies which are required to report to Parliament. [54244]

Mr. Leslie

Where a public body is under a statutory obligation to report to Parliament, this is set out in the relevant statute.

As set out in "Quangos: Opening the Doors", the Government believe that all advisory and executive non-departmental public bodies should produce and make publicly available annual reports. However, in the case of the small advisory bodies, these need only be short reports with costs of producing them kept to a minimum. The intention is that the next edition of the annual public bodies publication should include, for the first time, summary information on the arrangements that each body has in place for ensuring greater transparency in their work.