This week John Swinney, Scotland's Finance Secretary, secured a mandate for sweeping change to Scotland's quango state. The government won a series of knife-edge votes at Holyrood before a thumping endorsement of the overall package.
The package consists of a reduction in the number of quangos from 199 to 161, falling to 120 by next year and representing a savings of some £127 million over the five years from 2008-13 and annual savings of £40m thereafter.
He also won the power to carry out further pruning in the future without the need for primary legislation and he accepted Tory demands for public bodies to become far more transparent about their spending on promotion, travel, hospitality and the use of consultants.
Mr Swinney said: "The Public Services Reform Bill is a crucial part of our work to simplify and improve public services. We must get maximum value for taxpayers' money and the Bill will remove duplication, provide greater clarity for public service users and promote more effective use of resources."
Labour's David Whitton attacked a series of amendments dealing with the Government's desire for flexibility in making further reforms. He called the plans a "power grab" which "usurped the Parliament" and gave ministers "unprecedented powers to act on a whim."
This is welcome news to for Scotland. It's common knowledge that many quangos duplicate aims and objectives and it will be interesting to see which quangos are the first to be dissolved.