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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I have concluded that these benefits will best be realised through establishing the Historic Royal Palaces as a Non-Departmental Public Body.
With the best will in the world, as a non-departmental public body, the Tote can never have the kind of commercial independence it needs
USEL is a Non-Departmental Public Body which was established in 1962 under the Disabled Persons (Employment) Act (NI) 1945 to provide sheltered employment for severely disabled people.
Primary legislation is needed to alter the Tote's status as a non-departmental public body.
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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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