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IT quangos in firing line of government cuts

Rebecca Thomson

Most of the IT-related quangos that came under fire in the latest round of cuts are to stay open, it has emerged, as Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude announced the groups that would be shut.

The Technology Strategy Board is to remain, "on grounds of performing a function that requires impariality," the Cabinet Office said.

The Information Commissioner's Office, Technical Advisory Board, and National DNA Database Ethics Group are all to remain in operation.

The British Educational Communications and Technology Agency (Becta) is to be abolished, as already announced, with some of its functions being moved to the Department for Education.

And the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) is no longer a government body, but the Cabinet Office said it would seek to establish it as an independent charity.

The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Advisory Body (WAB) has also been abolished, finishing at the end of September and with its "remaining functions" transferred to the Department for Business Innovation and Skills.

There was no mention of the IT sector skills council e-Skills in the document.


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