Quangos' spending kept secret

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Only a tenth of Britain's 900 quangos unelected government organisations disclose details of senior executives' expenses, a survey has found.

Although they account for billions of pounds of taxpayers' money, quangos short for Quasi-Autonomous Non-Governmental Organisations are under no obligation to publish information about spending by their managers, and a survey by the Liberal Democrats discovered that only about one in 10 did indeed reveal their spending figures.

Those that did not included the BBC, the Big Lottery Fund, the Health and Safety Executive, Sport England and Standards Board for England.