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Former Finance Minister Angus MacKay announced last June that a third of all quangos were to be abolished and that a further 61 would come under scrutiny, with the possibility of further culls.
Davis, and his INLOGOV colleague, Chris Skelcher: 'Party politics is integral to the life and role of the local councillor, (but) local Quangos are not constituted on party political lines' and therefore have a degree of independence.
Holland and M Fallon, The Quango Explosion, Conservative Political Centre, 1978, p.25.
"Departments expect that our reforms will save taxpayers pounds 2.6 billion from the administrative cost of public bodies within scope of the programme and their savings are net of the cost of closing or reforming the quangos."
In all, the total number of quangos will be cut from 901 to 648, with the future of 40 bodies still under consideration.
which oversees the way teenage offenders are treated and rehabilitated, is to be scrapped as part of the quango cull.
I knew the cost was considerable but almost 10 billion for quangos in a wee place like Northern Ireland is a major scandal.
Indeed, the reason quangos are used, rather than civil servants in Whitehall, is because they have a degree of autonomy, supposedly allowing them to operate free from political interference.
Taxpayers Alliance boss Matthew Elliott fumed: "The quango state is out of control.
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.
Speaking in the House of Commons debate in 1978 (1 August), Michael McGuire, Labour MP for Ince, said 'I get the impression that what really hurts the Conservative Party is the fact that some of our lads have their snouts in the gravy train, whereas at one time it was entirely the lads of the Conservatives.' This quotation from a Labour MP defending the actions of a Labour Government seventeen years ago highlights what many politicians and the media still see as the central feature of the debate about quangos. With accusations of sleaze in public life hitting the headlines in 1994, the issue is now about how many Conservatives are getting their 'snouts in the quango trough'.