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The Policy Navigator Library has been designed to provide users with additional information to supplement material discussed in the six timelines. The library includes a list of legislation, organisations and publications. The library does not contain information on every Act or publication mentioned in the timeline, and you may find it easier to view the timelines first before accessing content in this section. 

Office of Fair Trading (OFT)

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) was first established under the Fair Trading Act 1973 to promote and protect consumer interests by ensuring markets and businesses operated fairly.

Office for Standards in Education and Children’s Services and Skills (OFSTED)

The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted) is an independent organisation that reports directly to Parliament.

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO)

The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman is a post that was first established as the Parliamentary Ombudsman (by the 1967 Parliamentary Commissioner Act) to investigate the actions of any govern

The Privy Council

The Privy council was a council of advisers to the sovereign, primarily comprised of senior members of the House of Commons or Lords.

Regional Health Authorities

The NHS Reorganisation Act 1973 abolished regional hospital boards and hospital management committees and replaced them with regional health authorities (RHAs) and area health authorities (AHAs) which

Regional hospital boards

The National Health Service Act 1946 established 14 regional hospital boards which administered hospital services for large areas.