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quango

(kwang'gō),
A committee wholly or partially supported by government funds in which some members are appointed by government and others by nongovernmental agencies or organizations; the committee functions as a nongovernmental organization rather than as an arm of government. System used primarily in U.K.
[quasi-non-governmental organization]

quango

A type of non-governmental, “arm’s-length” organisation, devised in 1967 by the Carnegie Foundation’s Alan Pifer in an essay on independence and accountability in public-funded bodies incorporated in the private sector. Such organisations would perform governmental functions at a distance—at a so-called “arm’s length”, i.e., without stringent oversight by Whitehall and central government.
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Shadow Cabinet minister Francis Maude said: "Gordon Brown promised a bonfire of the quangos.
Quangos have long been accused of not being accountable enough to the people of Scotland and of being operated often on a "jobs for the boys" basis.
In addition to information on the label and artists, the site will feature a Quango radio module, a lifestyle section with city-by-city culture guides and a global products marketplace.
In all, the total number of quangos will be cut from 901 to 648, with the future of 40 bodies still under consideration.
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Today, The Potato Council, is not a quango but is an NDPB and again is no burden on the UK taxpayer.
8billion - but the Executive list doesn't include all the internal government agencies or a rash of equally unelected advisory bodieswhich take the total to over 100 quangos.
The quango state should be dismantled, but it is unclear whether the politicians in London have the stomach to do it.
FOR years even the mention of the word quango has sparked side-splitting national hilarity.
The former Welsh Development Agency quango ran up a bill of pounds 652,000 from April 2001 to its abolition on March 31 last year.
But we are getting last quango at the Hilton Hydro.
A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "Reform of the quango state has been a huge task and when our reforms are complete we will have reduced the number of public bodies by almost a third.