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WELCOME FOR THE WHITE PAPER ON GOVERNANCE

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Lord Nolan, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, today welcomed the progress made on further impl...
Lord Nolan, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, today welcomed the progress made on further implementation of the recommendations contained in the committee's first two reports.

Commenting on the publication of the White Paper 'The Governance of Public Bodies: A progress report', Lord Nolan said:

'Today's White Paper makes a positive response to our recommendations on the governance of public bodies. I particularly welcome the proposal to set up a public audit forum. As the nature of public bodies becomes ever more diverse, it becomes even more necessary to ensure that common principles govern the audit of all bodies providing public services.

'It is gratifying that the government continues to respond so positively to our reports. Publication of today's White Paper will be of considerable help in allowing us to evaluate the effect of the measures we recommended when we come to review our work later this year'

-- The first Nolan report, as well as dealing with Members of Parliament, Ministers and Civil Servants, made extensive recommendations about appointments to and propriety in executive NDPBs and NHS bodies.

-- The second report examined and made recommendations about a range of local public spending bodies. These were Higher and Further Education bodies (including Universities), Grant Maintained Schools, Training and Enterprise Councils and Local Enterprise Companies and Registered Housing Associations. Some are in the public sector, others in the private and voluntary sectors, but all spend public money and provide public services.

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