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Advisory committee on packaging to be axed according to leaked list

The advisory committee on packaging is due to be abolished by the Coalition Government, according to a list leaked by The Telegraph.

The list names 177 arms length bodies (traditionally known as QUasi-Autonomous Non-Govermnental Organisations or QUANGOs) which will be cut, including the previously announced closures of the Infrastructure Planning Commission, the WEEE advisory board and the Audit Commission.

However, the list also mentions the closure of two key advisory bodies – the Advisory Committee on Packaging, and the Renewables Advisory Body.

The Advisory Committee on Packaging was established in 1996 and helps introduce recovery and recycling targets for packaging waste, as well as reducing the impact of packaging waste on the environment, while the Renewables Advisory Body brings together politicians, trade unions and academics to advise on renewables policy.

A Cabinet Office statement said: “We are not going to comment on the specific details of a leaked document. The Government has made it clear that it is committed to radically increasing accountability and improving efficiency.  As part of this, work is already underway to make substantial reforms to its public bodies. This work is on-going and an announcement will be made in due course. We deeply regret any extra uncertainty for employees that this irresponsible leak has caused.”

According to the leaked list, the Renewable Fuels Agency and the Environment Agency are also under consideration for closure.

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