Non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs)

A non-departmental public body (NDPB) is a body which plays a role in the processes of national government, but is not a government department or part of one.

As such it operates to a greater or lesser extent at arm's length from government and ministers. To ensure fairness and propriety all NDPBs must follow the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments (OCPA) code of practice when making board member appointments.

There are three main types of NDPB within Defra:

  • Executive NDPBs
  • Advisory NDPBs
  • Levy bodies

Executive NDPBs

Advisory NDPBs

Levy Bodies

Defra has responsibility for two Levy Bodies. These are NDPBs which are funded through statutory levies from particular industry sectors.

Tribunal NDPBs

Defra also has responsibility for two Public Corporations:

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Page last modified: 29 January 2010