Non-departmental public bodies

This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on non-departmental public bodies. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

Commons Briefing Papers

13.05.2015The Commissioner for Public Appointments
This briefing paper reviews the role and work of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
23.02.2015Pre-appointment hearings
This note sets out the background to the pre-appointment hearings; considers the operation of the hearings to date; and outlines the Liaison Committee's reports on the issue. It also includes information about some posts where there is greater parliamentary involvement. The appendix sets out the full list of appointments the Government has agreed should be subject to pre-appointment hearings.
29.03.2012Orders under the Public Bodies Act 2011
The Public Bodies Act 2011 received royal assent on 14 December 2011. The Act provides for orders to be brought forward to abolish, merge, modify the constitutional arrangements of; modify the funding arrangements of; and modify or transfer the functions of public bodies.
24.11.2011The Public Bodies Bill [HL] : Commons and remaining stages
This standard note covers the Commons stages of the Public Bodies Bill [HL]
14.06.2011Public Bodies Bill [HL]
The Public Bodies [HL] Bill is largely enabling legislation. It would allow ministers, by order, to abolish, merge or transfer the functions of the public bodies listed in the appropriate schedules to the Act. It is the main legislative vehicle for taking forward the Government's review of public bodies, the results of which were published in October 2010.
11.05.2011Progress of the Public Bodies Bill [HL] 2010-11
This note briefly sets out the outcome of the review of public bodies before providing information on the progress of the Bill in the Lords so far. There is a Library Standard Note SN/PC/5609, Quangos, which sets out the background to the bill and general information about the 'quango debate'.
This note provides a short history of public bodies in the United Kingdom before looking at the size and cost of the quango state. It considers why the number and cost of quangos has been hard to control. It then looks at the accountability of public bodies and appointments mechanisms. It also sets out the main provisions of the Public Bodies Bill [HL] as introduced. The Library Standard Note SN/PC/5845, Progress of the Public Bodies Bill [HL] 2010-11 provides more detailed information on the Bill
09.11.2010Government Offices for the Regions
Government Offices for the English Regions are to be abolished
23.04.2008Parliamentary Involvement in Public Appointments

Select Committee Reports

03.11.2010Constitution Select Committee (HL) sixth report on the Public Bodies Bill (HL).
Constitution Select Committee (HL) report [Lords]
13.07.2009Pre-appointment hearing with the Chair-elect of the Science and Technologies Facilities Council, Professor...
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
13.05.2009Pre-appointment hearing with the Chair-elect of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council,...
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]
05.05.2009Pre-appointment hearing with the Chair-elect of the Economic and Social Research Council, Dr Alan Gillespie...
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Select Committee report [Commons]

Early Day Motions

That this House recognises the good work done by many of the non-departmental public bodies included in the Public Bodies Bill [Lords]; is concerned that a single Bill gives Ministers ...
20.10.2009ROYAL MINT
That this House notes with concern the conclusions of a review of the Royal Mint, published as part of the Treasury's operational efficiency programme, that there should be an introduction ...
That this House notes that the proposed restructuring of the Legal Services Commission (LSC) will lead to approximately 600 redundancies in England and Wales; is concerned that the ...
That this House notes with alarm that quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations (quangos) are now responsible for 21 per cent. of public expenditure, spending 123 billion a year, ...


  • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
  • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
  • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
  • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
  • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses