Crown statutory agency

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Crown statutory agencies are a type of government entity in Guelphia. Crown statutory agencies are not an integral part of any government ministry or department and carry out their work at arm's length from ministers, although ministers are ultimately responsible to the Parliament for the activities of bodies sponsored by their ministry.

Crown statutory agencies are usually run by a chairman and board of governors, appointed by the Parliament. The board in turn appoints a chief executive to oversee the day-to-day administration of the organisation. As of September 2014, there are 20 crown statutory agencies.

Function and powers

The creation and power of a crown statutory agency is generally defined by an Act of Parliament. The act sets out the organisation, management and area of responsibility for the particular agency. The Act will also ensure that the agency is a separate and independent legal identity to any other department or agency. Parliament subsequently has the power to set the budget for this agency and also has the power to abolish the agency at any time with a further Act of Parliament.

Crown statutory agencies do not operate as a profit-making business, but instead provide an important service that must be seen as either being independent of government control, such as the Statistics Agency; or providing a regulatory oversight to a particular sector of the economy, such as the Electricity Authority. All crown statutory agencies are overseen by both the Ombudsman and the Auditor-General.

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