Cabinet Office guidance stresses that reviews should be robust, but not overly bureaucratic, and should be appropriate to the size and nature of the non-departmental public body in question. Departments should also consider combining the requirements of such a review within the scope of any already planned reviews of the public body. The council is purely an advisory body with no executive or administrative functions or duties, and the department considers that review by departmental senior civil servants independent of the department’s sponsorship arrangements with the council is proportionate and appropriate for such a body.
The council is also due to be reviewed as a scientific advisory committee, and so, in the interests of proportionality and value for money, these reviews are being combined.
The combined review of the Council was announced by means of a Written Ministerial Statement on 26 January 2012.