non-departmental public body


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non-departmental public body

A national or regional public body in the UK which has government functions, but is not a government department per se nor part of one. While NDPBs operate at arm's length from Ministers, and carry out activities without ministerial involvement, Ministers are nonetheless ultimately responsible for NDPBs’ effectiveness and efficiency.

Non-departmental public bodies
• Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
• Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs
• Committee on Carcinogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer

Products and the Environment
• Expert Advisory Group on HIV/Aids
• Health Protection Agency
• Human Genetics Commission
• Human Tissue Authority
• Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations
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The School Food Trust is a new non-departmental public body established by the Department for Education and Skills with pounds 15m of funding.
Primary legislation is needed to alter the Tote's status as a non-departmental public body. The legislation will join the list of pending bills but is unlikely to come before the next general election, due in 2002.
Subject to the approval of Parliament, the Historic Royal Palaces Agency will be established as a non-departmental public body on April 1.
The Tote's status as a non-departmental public body has served it well in the past but has become increasingly anomalous as it has become more of a commercial operation.

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