The Rise of the Euro Quango

Michael Fallon suggests timely reforms. If they are not heeded, we may soon see a European Community governed not by Parliaments, Ministers or peoples but a faceless bureaucracy operating through bodies which lie beyond the reach of democratic control.

 

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Town and Country Chaos

A critical analysis of Britain's planning system. Not much has changed positively in the years since 1982 making this report still relevant today. It also outlines solutions that would free up the planning system.

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The Rise of the Euro Quango

"Fast becoming an endangered species in the United Kingdom, the quango is alive and flourishing in Europe. In the bureaucratic hothouse of the European Communities - A world dominated by Commissions and Commissioners - the 'Euroquango' has grown and blossomed. Today the taxpayers of the EEC finance more than 250 Euro-quangos at an annual cost of at least £40 million in salaries and administrative expenses alone." This report looks at the top 'Euroquangos' in Europe, their issues and recommendations for reform.

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Strategy Two

In order to make its policies effective the government has attempted to control the money supply and impose cash limits on the public sector. It has not succeeded to the extent it wished because [pressures upon those limits are still in operation. The government should consider supplementing its policy with measures designed to relieve those pressures.

Strategy Two proposals are designed to take demand away from the public sector and divert it to the private market over a range of public sector goods and services. In the first instance they will relieve the claims made on the public sector and undercut its natural propensity for growth. They will also enable real savings to be achieved as less is required of the public sector.

These proposals also generate all kinds of opportunities for private business to develop in transport, health, education, cleaning, catering and many varieties of activity presently dominated by public industries and services. They will thus accelerate the creation of jobs and online growth in the private sector.

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Health and the Public Sector

The problems of the National Health Service are not those brought about by unique circumstances and particular economic conditions, but are those which arise from placing the supply and finance of health in the public sector. With the provision of services perceived as "free", and the requirement to finance via taxation, a situation has been created in which demand is maximised, while the ability to satisfy that demand has been severely limited. The result has been services inadequate in both quantity and in the quality of health care. British health, once at the forefront, has fallen behind the standards of the advanced countries. Our queues are longer, and the supply of modern services and equipment is smaller.

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The Governance of Quangos

With this work, Philip Holland brings a definitive account to the phenomenon of the Quasi-autonomous national governmental organisation, otherwise known as the QUANGO. Tracing their early development from government by crown-appointed boards, Philip Holland documents their gradual rise towards the uncontrollable and unanswerable bureaucracy which they had become by the second half of the twentieth century. 

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Reservicing Britain

Michael Forsyth provides the solutions for the abject failure of public services in the late 1970s and early 1980s:

"Local authorities seeking to make cuts in expenditure and increase benefits to ratepayers must now undertake extensive privatization of their services. The best method is just to do it, to put out services for private contract. The arguments of theory against the success of such action melt away in the practical results gained wherever it is done. The British people have come to expect that public services will become lower in quality and' more expensive to provide. This need not be so. Privatization has its part to play, therefore, not only in re–servicing Britain, but in helping to restore the country's faith in itself."

 

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