A census of the appointed state
5. Before examining these issues, we found it instructive
to attempt to calculate how many people were involved in the operation
of this "appointed state". We discovered early on that
there are no precise figures for the very large number of people
who are appointed to this great variety of public bodies and positions,
nor even for how many public bodies exist.
6. The Committee first attempted to 'map' public
bodies in its report "Mapping the Quango State", identifying
some 300 executive NDPBs and over 530 advisory NDPBs in central
and devolved government; more than 5,300 local quangos; and some
2,300 local partnerships, boards of action zones etc, bringing
together local authorities and public agencies, local voluntary
bodies and private enterprises.
The latest official count of public
bodies sponsored by government departments and regulators at central
level found 834 of them in April 2002.
7. For this report we have tried to estimate the
numbers of appointees on these bodies. These figures can only
be indicative: the data are collected on different bases, and
some are out-of-date (most notably for 'local public spending
bodies' which include training bodies that have been replaced
in England and Wales by Learning and Skills Councils). Nor is
the list comprehensivefor example, service on social security,
employment and various other tribunals is omitted. Even with these
reservations, which would make it misleading to come up with a
headline total, it is a formidable list.
Table 1: The Appointed Magistracy: Appointed Members
of Public Bodies in the UK (2001-03)