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Government’s delivery through arm’s-length bodies


Government uses a range of methods and agencies to carry out its policy objectives, including ‘arm’s length bodies’. Government arm’s length bodies are used to deliver around £200 billion of public policy expenditure a year, and employ approximately 300,000 staff. They perform a variety of different functions across government including running key public services, regulating public services and providing advice to government.

The Committee will question the Permanent Secretaries at the Cabinet Office, Ministry of Justice and Defra on:

  • The different delivery models used by government
  • How government decides when to use arm’s length bodies to deliver its objectives
  • Management and performance monitoring of arm’s length bodies

If you have evidence on these questions,  please submit it here by 6pm on Monday 28 June.