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Public Bodies Bill

The number of quangos to be abolished by the government will increase from 192 to 200, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude has announced.

As MPs discussed the general principles of the Public Bodies Bill at second reading on 12 July 2011, Mr Maude added that the number of bodies to be merged would increase from 118 to 120, to be replaced by 59 new bodies.

The coalition says the changes will save money and improve accountability.

But Mr Maude faced particular criticism over the decision to reverse the previous government's plan to establish an independent chief coroner.

A Labour amendment declining to give the bill a second reading and accusing ministers of failing to "cost reforms and identify savings" properly was defeated by 307 votes to 231, a government majority of 76.


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