NDPB


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NDPB

Abbreviation for:
Non-departmental public body, see there
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The 1994 edition of Public Bodies contained information on 1,345 NDPBs. In other words, their numbers have fallen by 38% since 1979.
Among the executive NDPBs are such household names as the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the British Museum and many other museums and galleries; and a series of national monuments such as Stonehenge are run by English Heritage - a quango of which one can be a card-carrying member at a bargain price!
Other executive NDPBs are distributors of public funds.
The fact that they are unpaid, as are many of the members of advisory NDPBs, demonstrates how the government obtains a vast amount of high quality advice at little cost.
Largely because of growth in the number and budgets of the bodies I have described as distributors, expenditure by executive NDPBs grew substantially between 1979 and 1993.
There are various mechanisms for oversight of the financial affairs of NDPBs and the ways in which public bodies are held accountable for their actions.
The scale of these changes would be sufficient to swamp developments in the executive NDPB category if the NHS was grouped together with executive NDPBs.
Exec Advis Trib Other Nat Pub NHS Total NDPB Ind Corp
Why, for example, is the Office of the Data Protection Registrar an executive NDPB and the Registry of Friendly Societies a non-ministerial department?
For example, 'hiving off' was in vogue in the late 1960s and 1970s following Fulton, though in practice this led to a variety of organisational forms, including units within departments and executive NDPBs. Attacks on quangos became fashionable in the late 1970s, as in 1993-94, and this led the government to set up the Pliatzky inquiry.(16) However, relatively few quangos were actually abolished in the immediate aftermath.(17) The Conservative emphasis on privatisation was responsible for the sharp reduction in nationalised industries and other public corporations and for the transfer of some NDPB activity to the private sector.
However, one has to ask why the executive NDPB form was used rather than, say, handling these functions within a department, or setting up a new non-ministerial department or Next Steps agency.
The problem with this criterion is that it is one that can point in two directions.(19) For some issues, such as moral ones, ministers may prefer not to have to justify particular decisions or recommendations, say about use of embryos, and this may mean the establishment of an executive NDPB. However, there are alternative forms available, such as the non-ministerial departmental form used for the tax collecting departments, and now Next Steps agencies, such as the Child Support Agency.