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Eric Pickles: 'Wait for quangos announcement'

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has told the BBC that he does not know how accurate a leaked plan to abolish 180 quangos and merge a further 124 is.

The Renewables Advisory Board and Museum, Libraries and Archives Council are among taxpayer-funded bodies proposed for abolition .

The list of public bodies up for abolition, mergers or other reforms was included in a letter from Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude to other ministers that has been seen by the BBC's Politics Show.

Mr Pickles told the BBC: "We are certainly looking towards removing a number of unaccountable quangos and reducing their costs but we haven't come to a firm view with regard to the numbers."

  • 24 Sep 2010
  • From the section UK