The coalition government's approach to its "bonfire of the quangos" is nearly finalised. The Telegraph published a leaked list of 177 quangos - quasi autonomous non-government organisations - or "non-departmental public body" in official speak. This list includes the Advisory Committee on Carbon Abatement Technologies, the body which developed policy for carbon abatement technologies, Becta, the agency responible for "the effective and innovative use of technology throughout learning" and Nesta, the agency which promotes the use of innovation to solve economic and social challenges.
Although the number of quangos grew enormously under Labour and, some would argue, are ripe for a "bonfire", clearly not all of these functions will simply disappear. Their functions will be taken on by other bodies. In fact, it is clear that some agencies will be absorbed by other bodies, such as the Strategic Advisory Board for Intellectual Property which will have its functions absorbed into the Intellectual Property Office and Postcomm which will be absorbed into Ofcom.
It's not yet clear how many people will be affected and what the savings will amount to, given that there will be substantial restructuring costs and someone, somewhere will still have to perform the majority of the functions of these doomed quangos. Presumably ICT contracts entered into by these agencies are now under threat. What will happen to new, innovative tech at those agencies. Will that be retained or will this all be merged into the G-Cloud?