It is a nondepartmental
public body, responsible through ministers to the Scottish Parliament.
The authority, an executive nondepartmental
public body sponsored by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, has written to Northumberland County Council to express its "support and encouragement" for the mine that Banks Mining is looking to operate.
The party's shadow environment minister Llyr Gruffydd pointed out that, of the 34 Defra-funded nondepartmental
public bodies, more than a third are operational in Wales.
In the late 1990s scientific research funded by the Environment Agency (EA) [the nondepartmental
public body financed by the UK government's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)] considered for the first time the underlying conditions that allowed cyanobacteria to flourish in Loweswater.
Cronin called an "Inner" and "Outer" cabinet--in preference to meetings of the whole cabinet, of including heads of nondepartmental
entities in cabinet meetings, and of relying on informal groups--Andrew Jackson's "kitchen cabinet," Grover Cleveland's "fishing cabinet," and Franklin Roosevelt's Brain Trust--for policy advice and formulation (Cohen 1988, 29-32, 122-25; Cronin 1980, 191; Milkis and Nelson 1980, 125; Warshaw 1996, 19).
As part of its effort to determine its own effectiveness, in 2009 the E&A unit solicited feedback from internal departmental users and external, nondepartmental
users, such as other agencies and university researchers.
The Conservative aversion to quangos is also visible in their approach to the farming sector, which has seen 67 nondepartmental
bodies spun out of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Operating much like other peer-based assistance programs, the team can offer confidential and voluntary nondepartmental
assistance to personnel struggling with personal or job-related stressors.
Lastly, questions were asked about what types of nondepartmental
support might be available.
As Lord Chief Justice Sir Brian Kerr appeared before Stormont MLAs for the first time, he also recommended a nondepartmental
board to protect the Court Service's independence.
Our interviewees also made some negative comments--comments indicating departmental dissatisfaction with time allotted to MMURC-related work--regarding (a) mentoring center students who do not belong to the department, (b) working with industry in a nondepartmental
capacity, and (c) performing administrative and committee duties for the center.
These 104 components operate within 14 departments and 28 nondepartmental