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The Budget: Brown slashes Quangos and revamps HSE

In a massive reduction of Quangos, Mr Brown said 35 existing agencies would be reduced to just nine as part of the Hampton Review.
There will be five inspection bodies for food safety, the countryside, agriculture, animal health and environmental protection - compared with 22 separate bodies in 1997.

Five existing agencies will be merged into the Health and Safety Executive and the Insolvency Service Agency will take over the responsibilities of the DTI's Companies Investigation Branch.

The Hampton Report estimates a major reduction in the number of inspections - a million fewer inspections every year, a reduction of one third. But for companies persistently breaking the rules there will be tougher penalties.

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