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DEBATE OVER QUANGO DEFINITION HOTS UP

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Disagreement over whether grant-maintained school governing bodies are quangos continued as fresh ballot papers wer...
Disagreement over whether grant-maintained school governing bodies are quangos continued as fresh ballot papers were sent out this week for parents to take a second vote on GM status for a Pontypool school, reports The Guardian education section (p2).

Welsh Secretary John Redwood ordered the ballot to be re-run because, among other things, opponents of the opt-out claimed GM governing bodies were quangos.

Quango-watcher Peter Kilfoyle MP, newly appointed to Labour's front bench education team, has found the government's definition of quango to be so narrow that it excludes Next Step Agencies, regulatory bodies like Ofgas, training and enterprise councils and NHS trusts.

Mike Brereton, a political scientist at Staffordshire University and a former Labour leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme BC, said GM governing bodies fitted the strictest definition of quangos.

GM opponents in Pontypool are being careful not to mention the word quango in the re-vote.
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