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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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The editor responds: Our aim was to flag up the many quangos and similar bodies that impact on this industry.
Two years ago, the SQA became the most infamous of all quangos, after thousands of pupils were left with wrong or no exam results.
In The Quango Explosion, Holland and Fallon argued that 'the principal beneficiaries of this largesse have been senior trade union leaders'.
We suspect that the poorer the area you live in, the less likely you are to climb to the heights of quango board membership.
The move comes despite Mr Brown vowing in 1995 that a Labour government would ABOLISH most quangos.
Welsh Liberal Democrat assembly leader Mike German said the First Minister had backed himself into a corner in his 'ill-thought-out' moves to abolish the quangos.
There are 95 Scots quangos, running health care, enterprise, water, sport and the arts and culture.
GOVERNMENT plans to scrap almost 200 quangos and merge or reform hundreds more, drew strong criticism from unions.
In the debate, Independent councillor Philip Evans, Conwy's Cabinet member for governance and regulation, asked: "Have Assembly Members asked how many quangos the Welsh Assembly has set up?
Research director Alison "Payne believes quangos lack "democratic accountability".
He added: "Once we have completed the planned closures and mergers, we will continue to review all remaining quangos to ensure that never again will we end up with so many of these vast bureaucratic and unaccountable bodies.
A No vote on Thursday could well put us back on the slippery road to that Quango state.