The fourth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, published November 1997
The Fourth Report focused on recommendations on executive Non Departmental Public Bodies (ENDPBs) and National Health Service (NHS) Trusts from the Committee’s First Report; and on Local Public Spending Bodies (LPSBs) from the Committee’s Second Report. The Committee made it clear that it intended to review the effect of its recommendations from each of its reports as time permitted. This was the first such review.
The Committee noted that all of the substantial recommendations in its first two reports which applied to these bodies had been accepted, and the funding and regulatory bodies had worked to implement them. But there were a number of areas where considerably more work needed to be done. The Report did not seek to make any new recommendations, but instead contained 22 observations aimed at ensuring that best practice on the implementation of the earlier recommendations was spread throughout all bodies.
Since the report was published, responsibility for Local Public Spending Bodies in Scotland and Wales has been devolved.