England & Wales

List of quangos to be abolished, retained, under consideration and merged


The bonfire of the quangos has been more of a light toasting. Just 9 per cent have been abolished outright, 26 per cent have been abolished as a quango but with some or all functions transferred (to the civil service, council, other quango, committee, charity or private firm), 2 per cent have been abolished as quangos but with transfer arrangements under consideration, 47 per cent have been retained, 10 per cent are still under consideration and 5 per cent have been merged. We’ve included quangos of one type under one heading: for instance the 8 RDAs, 15 Agricultural Wages Committees and 160 Drainage Boards. It’s been written up by LGC here (£) and on Conservative Home here.


BIS Aircraft and Shipbuilding Industries Arbitration Tribunal Abolish
BIS British Shipbuilders Abolish
BIS Union Modernisation Fund Supervisory Board Abolish
CO Office for Civil Society Advisory Body Abolish
Communities and Local Government (CLG) Advisory Panel for the Local Innovation Awards Scheme AbolishCLG National Housing and Planning Advice Unit Abolish
CLG National Tenant Voice Abolish
CLG Standards Board for England Abolish
DCMS Advisory Council on Libraries Abolish
DCMS Legal Deposit Advisory Panel Abolish
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies Abolish
DECC Renewables Advisory Board Abolish
Defra Advisory Committee on Organic Standards Abolish
Defra Agricultural Dwelling House Advisory Committees (x16) Abolish
Defra Agricultural Wages Board for England and Wales Abolish
Defra Agricultural Wages Committees (x15)  Abolish
Defra Animal Health and Welfare Strategy England Implementation Group Abolish
Defra Committee on Agricultural Valuation  Abolish
Defra Commons Commissioners  Abolish
Defra Expert Panel on Air Quality Standards  Abolish
Defra Food from Britain  Abolish
Defra Inland Waterways Advisory Council  Abolish
Defra Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution Abolish
DfE Teachers TV Board of Governors Abolish
FCO Caribbean Board Abolish
MoJ Administrative Justice and Tribunal Council  Abolish
MoJ Courts Boards (x 19) Abolish
MoJ Legal Services Ombudsman  Abolish
MoJ Public Guardian Board  Abolish
MoJ Victim’s Advisory Panel Abolish
MoJ Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Abolish
MoD Animal Welfare Advisory Committee Abolish
DfT Railway Heritage Committee Abolish

Abolish (with some or all functions transferred to civil service, local government, other quango, expert committee, charity or private sector)

BIS British Nuclear Fuels Limited
BIS Competition Service
BIS Copyright Tribunal
BIS Design Council
BIS Hearing Aid Council
BIS NESTA (National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts)
BIS Regional Development Agencies (x eight)
BIS Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property
BIS Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment  Advisory Body (WAB)
CO Civil Service Appeal Board
CO Commission for the Compact
CO Government Strategic Marketing Advisory Board
CO Main Honours Advisory Committee
CO Security Commission
CLG Advisory Panel on Standards for the Planning Inspectorate
CLG Audit Commission for Local Authorities and the National Health Service in England
CLG Community Development Foundation
CLG Firebuy
CLG Infrastructure Planning Commission
CLG London Thames Gateway Development Corporation
CLG Olympic Park Legacy Company Ltd
CLG Rent Assessment Panels / Residential Property Tribunal Service
CLG The Office for Tenants and Social Landlords (also known as Tenant Services Authority)
CLG Thurrock Development Corporation 
CLG Valuation Tribunal for England
CLG Valuation Tribunal Service 
CLG West Northamptonshire Development Corporation
Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck Sites
DCMS Advisory Committee on National Historic Ships
DCMS Advisory Committee on the Government Art Collection
DCMS Football Licensing Authority
DCMS Horserace Totalisator Board
DCMS Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
DCMS Public Lending Right
DCMS The Theatres Trust
DCMS UK Film Council
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances
Defra Advisory Committee on Packaging 
Defra Advisory Committee on Pesticides
Defra Air Quality Expert Group
Defra British Waterways 
Defra Commission for Rural Communities
Defra Darwin Advisory Committee
Defra Farm Animal Welfare Council
Defra National Standing Committee on Farm Animal Genetic Resources
Defra Pesticide Residues Committee
Defra Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee
Defra Veterinary Residues Committee
Defra Zoos Forum
Department for Education (DfE) British Educational Communications and Technology Agency
DfE General Teaching Council for England
DfE Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency
DfE School Food Trust
DH Advisory Board on the Registration of Homeopathic Products
DH Advisory Committee on Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections
DH Advisory Committee on Borderline Substances
DH Advisory Committee on Dangerous Pathogens
DH Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs
DH Advisory Group on Hepatitis
DH Alcohol Education and Research Council 
DH Appointments Commission
DH Committee on Carcogenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
DH Committee on Medical Effects of Air Pollutants
DH Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment
DH Committee on Mutagenicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment
DH Committee on the Safety of Devices
DH Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence
DH Expert Advisory Group on AIDS
DH Gene Therapy Advisory Committee
DH General Social Care Council 
DH Genetics and Insurance Committee
DH Health Protection Agency 
DH Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee
DH Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority 
DH Human Genetics Commission
DH Human Tissue Authority
DH Independent Advisory Group on Sexual Health and HIV
DH Independent Review Panel for the Classification of Borderline Products
DH Independent Review panel on the Advertising of Medicines
DH Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations
DH National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care
DH National Joint Registry Steering Committee
DH Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition
MoJ Chief Coroner of England and Wales/Chief Coroner’s Office (1 body)
MoJ Crown Court Rule Committee
MoJ HM  Inspectorate of Court Administration 
MoJ Legal Services Commission 
MoJ Magistrates’ Courts Rule Committee 
HO Security Industry Authority 
GEO Women’s National Commission
Department for Transport (DfT) BRB (Residuary) Ltd 
DfT Cycling England
DfT Renewable Fuels Agency
Department of Work and Pensions(DWP) Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission
DWP Disability Employment Advisory Committee
DWP Disability Living Allowance / Attendance Allowance Advisory Board


BIS Ofcom Merge
DCMS Gambling Commission Merge
DCMS UK Sport Merge
Ministry of Justice (MoJ) Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace (x 101) Merge
MoJ Advisory Council on Historical Manuscripts Merge
MoJ Advisory Council on Public Records Merge
MoJ Crown Prosecution Service Merge
MoJ Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office Merge
HO Serious Organised Crime Agency Merge
DWP Pensions Ombudsman Merge
DWP Pensions Protection Fund Ombudsman Merge
BIS Central Arbitration Committee Merge
BIS Certification Office Merge
BIS Competition Commission Merge
BIS Office of Fair Trading Merge
BIS Postcomm Merge
DCMS National Lottery Commission Merge
DCMS Sport England Merge


Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) Retain
BIS British Hallmarking Council Retain
BIS Capital for Enterprise Limited Retain
BIS Competition Appeals Tribunal Retain
BIS Construction Industry Training Board Retain
BIS Export Credit Guarantee Department *1 Retain
BIS Export Guarantees Advisory Council *2 Retain
BIS HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council for England) Retain
BIS Industrial Development Advisory Board Retain
BIS Low Pay Commission Retain
BIS Office of Manpower Economics Retain
BIS Research Councils (x 7) Retain
BIS Royal Mail Holdings Plc Retain
BIS Technology Strategy Board Retain
BIS UKTI* (UK Trade International)3 Retain
Cabinet Office (CO) Advisory Committee on Business Appointments Retain
CO Charity Commission for England and Wales Retain
CO Committee on Standards in Public Life Retain
CO House of Lords Appointments Commission Retain
CO Security Vetting Appeals Panel Retain
CO Senior Salaries Review Body Retain
CLG Architects Registration Board Retain
CLG Building Regulations Advisory Committee Retain
CLG Homes and Communities Agency Retain
CLG Independent Housing Ombudsman Ltd Retain
CLG Commission for Administration (also known as Local Government Ombudsman) Retain
CLG Ordnance Survey Retain
DCMS Arts Council England Retain
DCMS Big Lottery Fund Retain
DCMS British Library Retain
DCMS Channel 4 Retain
DCMS Churches Conservation Trust Retain
DCMS English Heritage Retain
DCMS Historic Royal Palaces Retain
DCMS Horserace Betting Levy Appeal Tribunal Retain
DCMS Horserace Betting Levy Board Retain
DCMS Museums and Galleries (British Museum, Horniman Museum, Geffrye Museum, Imperial War Museum, Museum of Science and Industry Manchester, National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, National Museum of Science and Industry, National Museums Liverpool, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum, Royal Armouries, Sir John Sloane’s Museum, Tate Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum, Wallace Collection) Retain
DCMS National Heritage Memorial Fund/Heritage Lottery Fund Retain
DCMS Olympic Delivery Authority Retain
DCMS Olympic Lottery Distributor Retain
DCMS Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art Retain
DCMS S4C Retain
DCMS Treasure Valuation Committee Retain
DCMS UK Anti Doping Retain
DCMS Visit Britain Retain
DCMS Visit England Retain
DECC Civil Nuclear Police Authority Retain
DECC Coal Authority Retain
DECC Committee on Climate Change Retain
DECC Committee on Radioactive Waste Management Retain
DECC Fuel Poverty Advisory Group Retain
DECC Nuclear Decommissioning Authority Retain
DECC Nuclear Liabilities Fund Retain
DECC Nuclear Liability Financing Assurance Board Retain
DECC Ofgem Retain
Defra Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment Retain
Defra British Wool Marketing Board Retain
Defra Broads Authority Retain
Defra Covent Garden Market Authority Retain
Defra Environment Agency Retain
Defra Forestry Commission Retain
Defra Gangmasters Licensing Authority Retain
Defra Independent Agricultural Appeals Panel Retain
Defra Internal Drainage Boards (x 160) Retain
Defra Joint Nature Conservation Committee Retain
Defra Marine Management Organisation Retain
Defra National Forest Company Retain
Defra National Parks Authorities (x9) Retain
Defra Natural England Retain
Defra OFWAT Retain
Defra Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Retain
Defra Science Advisory Council Retain
Defra Sea Fish Industry Authority Retain
Defra Veterinary Products Committee Retain
DfE Ofqual Retain
DfE Ofsted Retain
DfE School Teachers’ Review Body Retain
Department for International Development (DfID) Commonwealth Development Corporation Retain
DfID Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK Retain
Department of Health (DH) Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee Retain
DH Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards Retain
DH British Pharmacopoeia Commission Retain
DH Care Quality Commission Retain
DH Commission on Human Medicines Retain
DH Independent Reconfiguration Panel Retain
DH Medical Education England Retain
DH Monitor Retain
DH NHS Pay Review Body Retain
DH Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration Retain
Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) BBC World Service Retain
FCO British Council Retain
FCO Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission Retain
FCO The Westminster Foundation for Democracy Retain
HM Treasury Royal Mint Advisory Committee on the design of coins, medals, seals and decorations Retain
MoJ Advisory Committee on Civil Costs Retain
MoJ Advisory Council on National Records and Archives Retain
MoJ Assessor for Compensation for Miscarriages of Justice Retain
MoJ Civil Justice Council Retain
MoJ Civil Procedure Rule Committee Retain
MoJ Courts Fund Office Retain
MoJ Criminal Cases Review Commission Retain
MoJ Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority Retain
MoJ Criminal Procedure Rule Committee Retain
MoJ Family Justice Council Retain
MoJ Family Procedure Rule Committee Retain
MoJ HM Inspectorate of Prisons Retain
MoJ HM Inspectorate of Probation Retain
MoJ Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Retain
MoJ HM Land Registry Retain
MoJ Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody Retain
MoJ Independent Monitoring Boards of Prisons, Immigration Removal Centres and Short-Term Holding Rooms (x 147) Retain
MoJ Information Commissioner’s Office Retain
MoJ Insolvency Rules Committee Retain
MoJ Land Registration Rule Committee Retain
MoJ Law Commission of England and Wales Retain
MoJ Legal Services Board Retain
MoJ Office for Legal Complaints (funded by profession) Retain
MoJ Official Solicitor Retain
MoJ Parole Board of England and Wales Retain
MoJ Probation Trusts (x 35) Retain
MoJ Prison Services Pay Review Body Retain
MoJ Public Trustee Retain
MoJ Restraint Accreditation Board Retain
MoJ Sentencing Council for England and Wales Retain
MoJ The National Archives Retain
MoJ Tribunal Procedure Committee Retain
MoJ Victims Commissioner Retain
Home Office (HO) Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs Retain
HO Animal Procedures Committee Retain
HO Forensic Science Service Retain
HO Independent Police Complaints Commission Retain
HO Investigatory Powers Tribunal Retain
HO Migration Advisory Committee Retain
HO National DNA Database Ethics Group Retain
HO Office of Surveillance Commissioners Retain
HO Police Discipline Appeals Tribunal Retain
HO Technical Advisory Board Retain
Government Equalities Office (GEO) Equality and Human Rights Commission Retain
Ministry of Defence (MoD) Advisory Committee on Conscientious Objectors Retain
MoD Advisory Group on Military Medicine Retain
MoD Armed Forces Pay Review Body Retain
MoD Central Advisory Committee on Pensions and Compensation Retain
MoD Defence Nuclear Safety Committee Retain
MoD Defence Scientific Advisory Council Retain
MoD Independent Monitoring Board for the Military Corrective Training Centre Retain
MoD National Army Museum Retain
MoD National Museum of the Royal Navy Retain
MoD Nuclear Research Advisory Council Retain
MoD Oil and Pipelines Agency Retain
MoD Review Board for Government Contracts Retain
MoD Royal Air Force Museum Retain
MoD Science Advisory Committee on the Medical Implications of Less-Lethal Weapons Retain
MoD Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committees (x 13) Retain
DfT British Transport Police Authority Retain
DfT Civil Aviation Authority Retain
DfT Directly Operated Railways Ltd Retain
DfT London and Continental Railways Ltd Retain
DfT Northern Lighthouse Board Retain
DfT Office of Rail Regulation Retain
DfT Passenger Focus/Passengers’ Council Retain
DfT Traffic Commissioners and Deputies Retain
DfT Trinity House Lighthouse Service Retain
DWP Equality 2025 Retain
DWP Health and Safety Executive Retain
DWP Industrial Injuries Advisory Council Retain
DWP National Employment Savings Trust (succeeded the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority on 5 July 2010) Retain
DWP Pension Protection Fund Retain
DWP Pensions Regulator Retain
DWP Social Security Advisory Committee Retain
DWP The Pensions Advisory Service Retain
BIS Financial Reporting Council Retain

Under consideration

BIS Engineering Construction Industry Training Board Under consideration
BIS Film Industry Training Board Under consideration
BIS Insolvency Practitioners Tribunal Under consideration
BIS Local Better Regulation Office Under consideration
BIS Office for Fair Access Under consideration
BIS Student Loans Company Under consideration
BIS UK Atomic Energy Authority Under consideration
BIS UK Commission for Employment and Skills Under consideration
CO Central Office of Information Under consideration
CO National School of Government Under consideration
CLG The Leasehold Advisory Service Under consideration
DCMS Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment Under consideration
Defra Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Under consideration
Defra Agricultural Land Tribunal Under consideration
Defra Consumer Council for Water Under consideration
Defra Plant Varieties and Seeds Tribunal Under consideration
Defra Sea Fish Licence Tribunal Under consideration
Defra Sustainable Development Commission Under consideration
DfE Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service Under consideration
DfE Children’s Workforce Development Council Under consideration
DfE National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services Under consideration
DfE Partnerships for Schools Under consideration
DfE School Support Staff Negotiating Body Under consideration
DfE The Office of the Children’s Commissioner Under consideration
DfE Training and Development Agency for Schools Under consideration
DfE Young People’s Learning Agency Under consideration
FCO Diplomatic Service Appeals Board Under consideration
FCO Foreign Compensation Commission Under consideration
FCO Great Britain China Centre Under consideration
FCO UK India Round Table Under consideration
MoJ Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information Under consideration
MoJ Judicial Appointments Commission Under consideration
MoJ Judicial Appointments and Conduct Ombudsman Under consideration
HO Independent Safeguarding Authority Under consideration
HO Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner Under consideration
HO Police Advisory Board, Police Negotiating Board and Police Arbitration Tribunal Under consideration
MoD National Employer Advisory Board Under consideration
DWP Independent Living Fund Under consideration
DWP Remploy Ltd Under consideration