The government’s Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs is to axe 36 quangos as part of an efficiency savings drive, it was announced today.

Quangos including the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, the Agricultural Wages Board and the Inland Waterways Advisory Council are to be abolished as part of the cull. It forms a key part of Defra’s strategy to make savings on administrative costs, including saving on property.

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