Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

MINISTERS RELUCTANT TO IMPOSE QUANGO MONITORING

  • Comment
The government has again voiced its reluctance to allow councils to conduct select committee-style inquiries into t...
The government has again voiced its reluctance to allow councils to conduct select committee-style inquiries into the activities of quangos operating in their area.

An 'action plan' on making quangos more accountable and open, published by ministers this week, acknowledges that many local authorities had asked for the power to quiz local quango bosses or to have representation on quango boards.

The paper says no decision on such issues will be taken until responses to the government's Modernising local government green papers have been evaluated.

But, like the green papers, it says: 'The government's present thinking is that local authority partnership arrangements [with quangos] should not be imposed.'

The action plan, which was launched by the chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Dr David Clark, follows the publication last year of a consultation paper.

The plan notes that in the consultation period 'some local authorities start from the basis that elected representatives are seen as more accountable than appointed ones and that services which were previously the responsibility of local government should be returned'.

The steps already approved by ministers to make quangos more accountable include requiring them to hold annual open meetings and setting up a central quango internet site.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.