(118)  Bonfire of the quangos

On 21 June 2001 the Scottish Executive published its report Public Bodies: Proposals for Change. The report proposes the abolition of 52 public bodies, including the Scottish Conveyancing and Executry Services Board (functions to be transferred to the Law Society of Scotland), the Scottish Valuation and Rating Council, the Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland, and the Historic Buildings Council for Scotland. Scottish Homes is to be converted into an executive agency. Amongst 61 further bodies recommended for review are the Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest, the Common Services Agency for NHSScotland, the Building Standards Advisory Committee, the Scottish Qualifications Authority, the Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, the Central Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace for Scotland and the Justices of the Peace Advisory Committees. The list does not include the Scottish Law Commission, thought to have been under threat earlier this year.