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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)


Estelle Morris welcomes the appointment of Tom Bewick as Chief Executive of Creative and Cultural Industries Limited, the Sector Skills Council in Development for the Arts, Music, Crafts, Design, Museums and Cultural Heritage. [19 July 2004]


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