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Public body reforms at-a-glance
First Minister Alex Salmond has set out his vision to cut red tape and boost efficiency by cutting the number of national, public agencies in Scotland to 120 by 2011.

He told the Scottish Parliament the target would be met without the need for compulsory job cuts and would exceed the government's aim to reduce such organisations by a quarter.

Here are the main points of the streamlining drive:

  • Transfer the functions of regeneration agency Communities Scotland to the Scottish Government.
  • Remove the 21 local enterprise companies and streamline both Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
  • Cut tourism agency VisitScotland's regions from 14 to six.
  • Merge sportscotland and the Scottish Sports Institute.
  • Merge a range of skills and careers functions into Skills Development Scotland
  • Reform and strengthen the children's hearings system.
  • To have a single body for marine management.
  • Merge the Macaulay Environmental Research and Scottish Crop Research Institute into a new single institute.
  • Integrate the Fisheries Electricity Committee with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
  • Merge the Deer Commission with Scottish Natural Heritage.
  • Bring the Scottish Agricultural Science Agency and the Scottish Building Standards Agency into the Scottish Government.
  • Examine scope to simplify the process for consideration of development proposals.
  • Abolish the Historic Environment Advisory Council, the Building Standards Advisory Committee and the Scottish Records Advisory Council.
  • Abolish the Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board.
  • Establish the General Teaching Council for Scotland as a self-regulating, profession-led body, similar to the General Medical Council.
  • Bring the Public Transport Users Committee and the Mobility and Access Committee into a single body.
  • Ask chiefs at the national art collections to work more closely together.
  • Review the role of the Risk Management Authority, which deals with offenders.
  • Review the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.
  • Investigate the case for an integrated Tribunal Service for Scotland.
  • Change scrutiny of the fire and rescue services.




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