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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]
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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 Welsh Government defended itself when asked how many quangos - which it calls Welsh Government Sponsored Bodies - it had set up.
A quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation - or quango - is a public body not directly controlled by government.
"While some progress has been made and we welcome the winding up of bodies like the Regional Development Agencies and Sustainable Development Commission, the savings from a number of the quangos it has abolished will be negligible.
"At a time when the whole country is crying out for growth and jobs, it is unbelievable that the government is turning its back on a prime source of investment simply because of an ideological obsession about quangos," said Hudd.
"But let's be clear, when it comes to shrinking and streamlining the quango state there's plenty more to come."
'The Government Offices for the Regions, John Prescott's unelected regional quangos, have now been exposed for the most extravagant array of wasteful spending.
Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Liam Byrne said Mr Maude was simply completing a process begun by the previous Labour government which had announced plans to axe 123 quangos, which accounted for two-thirds of those on the Government's list.
A total of 192 quangos across the country are to be scrapped under the plans.
The number of Business Department quangos to be abolished, merged or receive no more funding has now increased to 17.
He said there could be more than 1,000 quangos operating in Britain today: "This growth in the number of quangos, and in the scope of their influence, raises important questions for our democracy and politics - questions of accountability, now vital in the light of the damaged trust in our political system, questions about public spending control, now vital in the light of the debt crisis; and questions relating to the effectiveness of politics in addressing the key social problems that give people such great concern.
There is also concern that some of these quangos operate on stupid-ideas and produce very little value, and indeed are not fit for purpose.
The move comes despite Mr Brown vowing in 1995 that a Labour government would ABOLISH most quangos.