Crown Bodies

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This is a list of those public bodies which have Crown status according to the OPSI[1]. There is a wide range of public bodies which do not have Crown status. We have changed the format of the list.

What is the point of this list?

The aim is to cross-reference the list to public authorities on to identify any of these bodies that are subject to FOI that are not included on the website but also to identify omissions in the Act




  • Cabinet Office
    • Government Car & Despatch Agency
  • Central Office of Information
  • Charity Commission
  • Children, Schools and Families, Department of
  • Communities and Local Government, Department of (DCLG)
    • Government Offices for the Regions
    • Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre (QEIICC)
    • Fire Service College
    • Planning Inspectorate
  • Crown Estate
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Culture, Media and Sport, Department for - Executive Agency:
    • Royal Parks


  • Defence, Ministry of
    • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
    • Defence Storage and Distribution Agency
    • Defence Support Group
    • Defence Vetting Agency
    • Hydrographic Office
    • Met Office
    • Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency
    • People Pay and Pensions Agency
    • Service Children’s Education
    • Service Personnel and Veterans Agency
  • Duchy of Lancaster - Not subject (claim not to be subject to Act)


  • Export Credits Guarantee Department


  • Food Standards Agency - Executive Agency:
    • Meat Hygiene Service
  • Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Forestry Commission - Executive Agencies:
    • Forest Research



  • Health & Safety Executive (HSE)
    • Pesticides Safety Directorate
  • Health, Department of - Executive Agencies:
    • Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
    • NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency
  • Her Majesty’s Stationery Office (see Office of Public Sector Information)
  • HM Revenue and Customs
    • National Insurance Contributions Office
    • Valuation Office Agency
  • Home Office
    • Criminal Records Bureau
    • HM Prison Service
    • Probation Service
    • Identity and Passport Service


  • Innovation, Universities and Skills, Department for
    • UK Intellectual Property Office
  • National Weights and Measures Laboratory
    • International Development, Department for


  • Justice, Ministry of
    • Court Service
    • Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Forces
    • Public Guardianship Office
    • Tribunals Service


  • Land Registry, HM
  • Law Commission
  • Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers
  • Lord Privy Seal and Leader of the House of Lord’s Office


  • National Archives
    • Office of Public Sector Information
  • National Debt Office
  • National Investment & Loans Office
  • Northern Ireland Administration
  • Northern Ireland Office
    • Crown Solicitor’s Office
    • Northern Ireland Prison Service
    • Compensation Agency
    • Forensic Science Agency of Northern Ireland


  • Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED)
  • Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
  • Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem)
  • Office of Government Commerce (OGC)
    • OGCbuying solutions
  • Office of the Rail Regulator
  • Office of Water Services (OFWAT)
  • Ordnance Survey




  • Scotland Office
  • Scottish Administration
  • Scottish Government
  • Security & Intelligence Service
  • Serious Fraud Office
  • Service Authorities
    • National Crime Squad
    • National Criminal Intelligence Service



  • UK Statistics Authority (The Statistics Board)
    • Office for National Statistics (ONS)
  • UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)
    • UKTI Defence & Security Organisation (UKTI DSO)


  • Wales Office (Office of the Secretary of State for Wales)
  • Welsh Assembly Government
  • Work and Pensions, Department for
    • Executive Agencies:
    • Appeals Service
    • Child Support Agency (CSA)
    • Job Centre Plus
    • The Pension Service
    • The Rent Service


  • Scottish Executive Core Departments
    • Development Department
    • Education Department
    • Enterprise Transport and Lifelong Learning Department
    • Environment and Rural Affairs Department
    • Executive Secretariat
    • Finance Department
    • Fisheries Research Services
    • General Register Office for Scotland
    • Health Department
    • Historic Scotland
    • Justice Department
    • National Archives of Scotland
    • Registers of Scotland
    • Scottish Agricultural Science Agency
    • Scottish Court Service
    • Scottish Executive Agencies
    • Scottish Building Standards Agency
    • Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency
    • Scottish Prison Service
    • Scottish Public Pensions Agency
    • Student Awards Agency for Scotland
  • Other offices which form part of the Scottish Administration
    • Accountant in Bankruptcy
    • Accountant of Court
    • Assistant Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland
    • Chief Dental Officer of the Scottish Administration
    • Chief Medical Officer of the Scottish Administration
    • Chief Inspector of Constabulary, HM
    • Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland, HM
    • Depute, Assistant or other Clerk in the Justiciary Office of the High Court of Justiciary
    • Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland, HM
    • Inspector of Constabulary, HM
    • Inspector of Fire Services for Scotland, HM
    • Inspector of Schools, HM
    • Macer in the Court of Session and Macer in the High Court of Justiciary
    • Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator
    • Principal Clerk of Justiciary
    • Principal Clerk of Session and other Clerks or Officers of the Court of Sessions
    • Procurator Fiscal and Procurator Fiscal Depute
    • Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer
    • Queen’s Printer for Scotland
    • Registrar of Independent Schools
    • Rent Officer
    • Sheriff Clerk
    • Sheriff Clerk Depute
    • Social Work Inspector
    • Pension Appeals Tribunals for Scotland
  • Scottish Public Authorities
    • Ancient Monuments Board for Scotland
    • Deer Commission for Scotland
    • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland
    • Royal Fine Art Commission for Scotland
  • UK Government Authority
    • Army HQ Scotland


  • Agriculture and Rural Development, Department of - Executive Agencies:
    • Forest Service
    • Rivers Agency
  • Crown Solicitor’s Office for Northern Ireland
  • Culture, Arts and Leisure, Department of
    • Ordnance Survey of Northern Ireland
    • Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
  • Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, Department of the
  • Employment and Learning, Department for
  • Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Department of
  • Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland
  • Industrial Research, Technology Unit
  • LEDU (Local Enterprise Development Unit) The Small Business Agency
  • Northern Ireland Tourist Board
  • Environment, Department of the
    • Driver & Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland
    • Driver & Vehicle Testing Agency
  • Environment & Heritage Service
    • Planning Service
  • Finance & Personnel, Department of
    • Business Development Service
    • Construction Service
    • Government Purchasing Agency
    • Land Registers of Northern Ireland
    • NI Building Regulations Advisory Council
    • NI Construction Industry Advisory Council
    • Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency
    • Office of Law Reform
    • Rates Collection Agency
    • Valuation & Lands Agency
  • Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Department of
    • Fire Authority
    • Northern Ireland Health & Social Service Agency
  • Higher and Further Education, Training and Employment, Department of
  • Lands Tribunal for Northern Ireland
  • Northern Ireland Court Service
  • Office for Regulation of Electricity & Gas
  • Office of the Civil Service Commissioners for Northern Ireland
  • Office of the First and Deputy First Minister
    • Office of the Legislative Counsel
    • Recruitment
  • Office of the Industrial and Fair Employment Tribunals
  • Regional Development Northern Ireland, Department of
    • Roads Service
    • Training & Employment Agency
  • Social Development, Department of
    • Northern Ireland Child Support Agency
    • Northern Ireland Social Security Agency
    • Office of Social Fund Commissioner
  • Statute Law Committee, Northern Ireland


Executive Agency:

  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments
  • Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales, HM
  • Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales