Jeremy Beacham, AMA chair, says: 'The government has had a deathbed conversion to the idea that bodies that purport to exist to met public needs should be accountable to the public which pays the bills. It is a case we have been making loudly and vigorously for years.
'It is no good public services minister Roger Freeman dismissing criticism of quangos as based on myths. His own response to Nolan shows that government accepts that action has got to be taken to stop the rot.
'He now accepts that every one of the quangos has got to be reviewed, that quangos should be opened up to the Ombudsman and to public audit and that most should be obliged to consult with local authorities and other public bodies.'
He went on: 'Services now run by unelected bodies have got to brought back into democratic control, and local authorities have a key role in bringing quangos to account.'