Secretary of State for the Home Department (Theresa May):
I am today announcing the start of the Triennial Review of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the National DNA Database Ethics Group and the Animals in Science Committee.
Triennial reviews are part of the government’s commitment to ensuring that non-departmental public bodies continue to have regular independent challenge. The review will examine whether there is a continuing need for the functions and form of the ACMD, NDNAEG and ASC and whether they should continue to exist at arm’s length from government. Should the review conclude there is a continuing need for each of these bodies, it will go on to examine whether the body’s control and governance arrangements continue to meet the recognised principles of good corporate governance.
I shall inform the House of the outcome of the reviews.
The triennial review of the Home Office non-departmental public bodies commenced on 22 July 2014.