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Scottish public body


Scottish public body

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Public bodies of the Scottish Government are organisations that are funded by the Scottish Government. It is a tightly meshed network of executive and advisory non-departmental public bodies ("quangoes"); tribunals; and nationalised industries.

These public bodies are distinct from executive agencies of the Scottish Government, as they are not considered to be part of the Government and staff of public bodies are not civil servants.


The Scottish Government is responsible for appointing a board of directors to run public bodies. The Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland is responsible for regulating the process.

Public bodies are assigned "sponsoring departments" who provide funding in the form of grant-in-aid to assist with running costs and capital investment. Most public bodies also have other sources of income (for example the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh receives income from charging the public to visit the greenhouses in its gardens).

List of public bodies

Executive NDPBs

Advisory NDPBs


Public corporations

Other significant national bodies

  • Audit Scotland
  • Court of the Lord Lyon
  • Drinking Water Quality Regulator
  • HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland
  • HM Chief Inspector of Prosecution in Scotland
  • HM Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland
  • James Hutton Institute
  • Justices of the Peace Advisory Committee (x6)
  • Moredun Research Institute
  • Office of the Queen's Printer for Scotland
  • Scottish Agricultural College
  • Scottish Fire & Rescue Service
  • Scottish Police Authority
  • Visiting Committees for Scottish Penal Establishments

External links

  • Scottish Government public bodies site
  • Online database of all UK quangos 1998-2006 from the Economic Research Council

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