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Quango cull: CABE in purgatory

CABE’s future is hanging in the balance as the government revealed its official list of quangos facing the axe

Sources in Whitehall claim the government is yet to reach a decision on whether to reform or abolish the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). An official announcement on CABE is expected next week, coinciding with the spending review.

Cabinet Office Minster Francis Maude today announced details of 192 quangos to be axed. Speaking in the House of Commons he explained: ‘The list I have published today is not complete, is it a work in progress.’

CABE’s sponsor body, the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), today revealed that 19 of its 55 public bodies face being abolished or reformed as part of the government’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’.

A spokesperson for DCMS said: ‘CABE is the only quango with that [under review] status. The government hasn’t quite made up its mind [mainly because] CABE gets its funding from two separate departments. We hope to decide as soon as possible and remove this uncertainty for the people at CABE.’

The announcement has scotched rumours of a potential merger between CABE and English Heritage. English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery fund will not be merged but have been asked to identify and reduce any overlap between their functions.

Culture minister Jeremy Hunt said: ‘Across Government we are increasing the efficiency, transparency and accountability of public bodies, while at the same time cutting their number and cost. 

‘As part of that I will be abolishing or reforming a number of bodies in the culture, media and sport sectors.  These changes will allow us to continue to deliver some of the world’s best culture, media and sport, while at the same time ensuring efficiency, transparency and better value for money for the public.’

Meanwhile the Architects’ Registration Board has been retained.

Read the full list of axed qungos

 

The fate of DCMS quangos

 

 Public BodyProposed reforms
1.       Advisory Committee on Historic Wreck SitesNo Longer an NDPB - Abolish body and transfer functions in relation to England to English Heritage. As previously announced.
2.       Advisory Committee on National Historic ShipsNo Longer an NDPB  - Declassify and transfer functions. As previously announced.
3.       Advisory Committee on the Government Art CollectionNo Longer an NDPB  - Declassify and reconstitute as a committee of experts
4.       Advisory Council on LibrariesNo Longer an NDPB - Abolish body and functions. As previously announced
5.       Arts Council EnglandRetain – Retain on grounds of performing a function which requires political impartiality
6.       BBCRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
7.       Big Lottery FundRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a function which requires political impartiality. Move policy responsibility to Cabinet Office
8.       British LibraryRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
9.       Channel 4Retain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
10.   Churches Conservation TrustRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
11.   Commission for Architectureandthe Built EnvironmentUnder Consideration  - Still considering the options for reform
12.   English HeritageRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
13.   Football Licensing AuthorityNo longer an NDPB - Abolish the current NDPB and transfer expertise and functions to another body
14.   Gambling CommissionMerge – Merge with National Lottery Commission, as previously announced
15.   Historic Royal PalacesRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
16.   Horserace Betting Levy Appeal TribunalRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
17.   Horserace Betting Levy BoardRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government. Modify functions to remove Secretary of State’s role in determining the levy.
18.   Horserace Totalisator BoardNo longer an NDPB - Declassify and transfer from public ownership
19.   Legal Deposit Advisory PanelNo longer an NDPB - Abolish body and functions, as previously announced.
20.   BritishMuseumRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
21.   HornimanMuseumRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
22.   GeffryeMuseumRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
23.   ImperialWar MuseumRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
24.   Museumof Science and Industry ManchesterRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
25.   National GalleryRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
26.   National Maritime MuseumRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
27.   National Museum of Science and IndustryRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
28.   National Museums LiverpoolRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
29.   National Portrait GalleryRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
30.   NaturalHistory MuseumRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
31.   Royal ArmouriesRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
32.   Sir John Soane’s MuseumRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
33.   Victoria & Albert MuseumRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
34.   

 

Wallace Collection

Retain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
35.   Tate GalleryRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
36.   Museums, Libraries andArchivesCouncilNo longer an NDPB - Abolish body and transfer functions, as previously announced.
37.   National Heritage Memorial Fund/Heritage LotteryFundRetain – Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
38.   National Lottery CommissionMerge - Merge with Gambling Commission, as previously announced
39.   Olympic Delivery AuthorityRetain – Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government. To be wound up as planned by March 2014. As previously announced
40.   Olympic Lottery DistributorRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a function which requires political impartiality. To be wound up as planned by March 2013. As previously announced
41.   Public Lending RightNo longer an NDPB  - Abolish the current NDPB and transfer functions
42.   Reviewing Committee ontheExport of Works of ArtRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
43.   S4CRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government. Amend current RPI/funding link.
44.   Sport EnglandMerge - Merge with UK Sport, as previously announced
45.   The Theatres TrustNo longer an NDPB  - Continue as a charity, as previously announced
46.   Treasure Valuation CommitteeRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
47.   UK Anti DopingRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which requires impartiality
48.   UK Film CouncilNo longer an NDPB  - Abolish body and transfer functions, as previously announced.
49.   UKSportMerge - Merge with Sport England, as previously announced
50.   Visit BritainRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government
51.   Visit EnglandRetain - Retain on grounds of performing a technical function which should remain independent from Government. Modify constitution to increase representation of destinations on Visit England Board
52.   OFCOMMerge - Merge the postal services regulator, Postcomm, will be merged into Ofcom. Several Ofcom duties will be removed or modified
53.   The Design CouncilOut of scope for DCMS – this is jointly sponsored with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) – see BIS list for details
54.   The Royal HouseholdOut of scope (due to Constitutional status)
55.   The Royal ParksOut of scope (an Executive Agency)

 

 

 

 

 

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