A Democratic Audit report published this week reveals that there are between 66,000 and 73,500 people who run quangos responsible for billions of pounds of public money. Almost all of them are appointed by the government or are self- appointing.
England has roughly 25,000 councillors, while Wales and Scotland have less than 1,300 each. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities estimates there are around 5,000 quango appointments in Scotland.
The report says there are 6,224 executive and advisory quangos in Britain - a rise of 74 on 1994 - and executive quangos spent £60.4 billion in 1994-95, against the government's estimate of £20.8bn. Councils spent £73bn.