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PMS told assembled press that action would be taken to tackle the legacy of departmental bodies.

PMS said in many cases functions may be taken back into Departments and Ministers will be responsible rather than making an unelected quango responsible for an important function. In some other cases, that particular model might be the right one.

Asked how many quangos on the list, PMS said about 700, but some will be explicitly retained.

The PMS said there would be a public bodies Bill introduced next month. Asked if the Bill would cover quangos set up by the government since they came into power, the PMS said no. The Bill would cover quangos currently in place and also allow us to review the situation in the future.

Asked whether no new non-departmental bodies would be under statute, PMS replied that government would be able to review these issues in the future and that the aim was to be able to review bodies again in the future and take action without specific legislation.

Asked about job losses, the PMS said there would be job losses but government would not publish this number.

Asked whether it would be made clear tomorrow what functions that quangos have will be transferred to Departments and what functions would be abolished, the PMS said the list will make clear whether they will be abolished, merged, retained.

Asked about a headline figure on savings during this process, PMS said this would be dealt with in the Spending Review. The changes would be implemented over time and further details would be given in due course.

Asked whether Devolved Administrations had been consulted in this process, PMS confirmed that this was the case.

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