Public bodies, quasi-law and religion

On 10 November 2014, the Public Accounts Select Committee (PASC) published its Report, Who’s accountable? Relationships between Government and arm’s-length bodies: the result of its inquiry “Accountability of quangos and public bodies”, which was launched on 28 February 2014. Whilst at first sight the Environment Agency’s handling of the recent flooding problems might seem to have little in common with “law and religion”, there is a link between the accountability of the type of organizations considered within the report and the substantial corpus of quasi-legislative measures emanating from such bodies, many of which impact directly or indirectly on the activities of religious groups and individuals.  Continue reading