Francis Maude MP is Minister for the Cabinet Office.
ConHome readers are rightly wary of politicians’ promises to quash quangos. After all for years they’ve heard plenty of that sort of talk. But despite all the promises the quangocracy spiralled ever bigger.
Labour didn’t just leave us the biggest ever peacetime deficit. We inherited a bloated collection of 900 unaccountable quangos. These burned through billions of pounds of your hard-earned money without ever having to answer to the public. When we came into office in 2010, government didn’t even know how many of these bodies there were. So we took a long hard look around and worked out the lay of the land.