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Regional Organisations

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer which Departments, having a regional organisation in 1945, have now closed it down completely; and which Departments have extended their regional organisation since 1945.

No Departments have closed down their regional organisation completely. The answer to the second part of the Question is that the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries have established provincial centres for their national Agricultural Advisory Service and their Agricultural Land Service; the Ministry of Education have set up their small regional organisation; the National Assistance Board have set up one additional regional office; the Ministry of National Insurance, as it then was, have set up offices, with which those of the Ministry of Pensions have now been amalgamated, to administer the National Insurance (1946) Acts; and the regional functions of the Central Land Board were added to those of the War Damage Commission.