Public bodies assist Ministers and Departments make or apply their policies - particularly in areas where the expertise and understanding of those outside government and specialists is needed.
Types of Public Bodies
DCMS sponsors over 60 public bodies. These can be:
- Executive bodies: which carry out operational and regulatory functions - e.g. Arts Council England, English Heritage and the National Lottery Commission;
- Advisory bodies: which usually advise the Government on specific issues - e.g. the Advisory Council on Historic Wrecks and the Advisory Council on Libraries.
- Public Corporations: including the BBC and S4C.
Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments
The post of 'Commissioner for Public Appointments'
, which is independent of Government, was created in 1995 in response to a recommendation by the Nolan Committee on Standards in Public Life. The Commissioner's role is to
- issue and revise a Code of Practice for Public Appointments;
- to monitor and regulate procedures;
- to provide advice,
- and to investigate and deal with complaints about departmental appointment procedures.
Guidance on Codes of Practice for Board Members of Public Bodies RTF (271kb)