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Health and Safety Executive  

he Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the national independent watchdog for work-related health, safety and illness. It acts in the public interest to reduce work-related death and serious injury across Great Britain’s workplaces. HSE is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Work and Pensions

Health Research Authority  

The Health Research Authority (HRA) protects and promotes the interests of patients and the public in health research. HRA works with the Department of Health

Heritage Lottery Fund  

Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) gives grants to sustain and transform the UK's heritage. Museums, parks, historic places, archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions all receive investment. HLF is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport

High Speed Two Limited  

High Speed Two Limited (HS2 Ltd) is responsible for developing proposals for a new national high speed rail network. It is a company limited by guarantee and wholly funded by grant-in-aid from the government. HS2 is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Transport

Higher Education Funding Council for England  

The Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) distributes public money for teaching and research to universities and colleges. It promotes high quality education and research, within a financially healthy sector. HEFCE is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

Highways Agency  

The Highways Agency (HA) operates, maintains and improves 7000km of strategic road network, which comprises the majority of England’s motorways and major ‘A’ roads. HA is an executive agency of the Department for Transport

HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate  

HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI) inspects the work carried out by the CPS and some other prosecuting agencies. Its purpose is to enhance the quality of justice and make an assessment of prosecution services which improves their efficiency, effectiveness and fairness. HMCPSI also undertakes joint inspections with the other Criminal Justice Service (CJS) inspectorates which focus on broader issues across the CJS and collaborates with other inspectorates or public authorities. HMCPSI works with the Attorney General's Office

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary  

HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) independently assesses police forces and policing, asking the questions that citizens would ask and publishing information to allow the public to compare the performance of their force against others. HMIC works with the Home Office

HM Inspectorate of Prisons  

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for and treatment of those in prison, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities. HM Inspectorate of Prisons works with the Ministry of Justice

HM Inspectorate of Probation  

HM Inspectorate of Probation reports to the government on the effectiveness of work with adults, children and young people who have offended with an aim to reduce reoffending and protect the public. HM Inspectorate of Probation works with the Ministry of Justice

HM Land Registry  

The Land Registry (HMLR) registers the ownership of land and property in England and Wales. It keeps and maintains the Land Register, where more than 23 million titles – the evidence of ownership – are documented. HMLR is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills

HM Prison Service  

HM Prison Service (HMPS) keeps in custody those committed by the courts, looking after them with humanity and helping them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release. HMPS is an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice

Homes and Communities Agency  

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the national housing and regeneration agency for England, with a capital investment budget of nearly £4 billion for 2012 to 2015. The Agency is also the regulator of social housing providers and works with local partners to create new affordable homes and thriving neighbourhoods. HCA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Communities and Local Government

Horniman Museum  

Opened in 1901, the Horniman was designed in the Arts and Crafts style. It was founded by Frederick Horniman, who had inherited his father's tea business, which by 1891 had become the world's biggest tea trading company. It specialises in anthropology, natural history and musical instruments and has a collection of 350,000 objects. Horniman is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport

Horserace Betting Levy Board  

The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) is required to collect a statutory levy, known as the Horserace Betting Levy, from horseracing bookmakers and the Tote successor company which it then distributes for the improvement of horseracing and breeds of horses and for the advancement of veterinary science and education. HBLB is a tribunal non-departmental public body of the Department for Culture, Media & Sport

House of Lords Appointments Commission  

he House of Lords Appointments Commission (HOLAC) recommends individuals for appointment as non-party-political life peers and vets nominations for life peers to ensure the highest standards of propriety. HOLAC is an advisory non-departmental public body of the Cabinet Office

Housing Ombudsman  

The Housing Ombudsman Service (HOS) looks at complaints about registered providers of social housing, for example housing associations, and other landlords, managers and agents. The service is free, independent and impartial. HOS is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Communities and Local Government

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority  

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HEFA) oversees the use of gametes and embryos in fertility treatment and research. It licenses fertility clinics and centres carrying out in vitro fertilisation (IVF), other assisted conception procedures and human embryo research. HFEA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health

Human Tissue Authority  

The Human Tissue Authority (HTA) ensures that human tissue is used safely and ethically, and with proper consent. It regulates organisations that remove, store and use tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching and display in public. It approves organ and bone marrow donations from living people. HTA is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health