Scottish public bodies

Scottish public bodies

Scottish public bodies are a group of organisations that are funded by the Scottish Government. It includes 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

*Accounts Commission for Scotland
*Bòrd Gàidhlig na h-Alba
*Cairngorms National Park Authority
*Crofters Commission
*Deer Commission for Scotland
*Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary for Scotland
*Highlands & Islands Enterprise
*Inspectorate of Prosecution in Scotland
*Learning & Teaching Scotland
*The Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority
*National Galleries of Scotland
*National Library of Scotland
*National Museums of Scotland
*Parole Board for Scotland
*Risk Management Authority
*Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
*Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
*Scottish Agricultural Wages Board
*Scottish Arts Council
*Scottish Children's Reporter Administration
*Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care
*Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission
*Scottish Enterprise
*Scottish Environment Protection Agency
*Scottish Funding Council
*Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust
*Scottish Legal Aid Board
*Scottish Natural Heritage
*Scottish Qualifications Authority
*Scottish Screen
*Scottish Social Services Council
*Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland

Advisory NDPBs

*Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest
*Architecture and Design Scotland (replaced the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland in 2005)
*Building Standards Advisory Committee
*Fisheries (Electricity) Committee
*General Teaching Council for Scotland
*Historic Environment Advisory Council for Scotland
*Justices of the Peace Advisory Committee
*Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland
*Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland
*Scottish Advisory Committee on Distinction Awards
*Scottish Advisory Committee on the Medical Workforce
*Scottish Industrial Development Advisory Board
*Scottish Law Commission
*Scottish Local Authorities Remuneration Committee
*Scottish Records Advisory Council


*Bus Users Complaint Tribunal
*Children's Panel
*Lands Tribunal for Scotland
*Rent Assessment Panel for Scotland

Nationalised industries

*Caledonian MacBrayne
*Highlands and Islands Airports
*Scottish Water

External links

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

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