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Government Offices (Dispersal)

Volume 886: debated on Tuesday 11 February 1975

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service how many Civil Service jobs have been dispersed, under the policy of decentralisation of central Government functions, to Scotland, Wales, and each of the eight English regions which are served by regional economic planning councils in each year since the scheme began; and what are the projected figures for each of the next five years.

, pursuant to his reply [Official Report, 3rd February 1975; Vol. 885, c. 398–9], gave the following information:The first co-ordinated Civil Service dispersal initiative in peace-time began in May 1963 following the Flemming Report. Records of posts dispersed from London date from that time but they were not maintained on a yearly basis until October 1969. Information about dispersal from London in the period May 1963 to 30th September 1969 and each year subsequent to 30th September 1969 is given below. The posts shown as planned for dispersal include those to be dispersed from London as a result of the decisions announced by the Lord President on 30th July 1974. It is not possible to give projected figures for each of the next five years, but the programme is planned for completion over a 10-year period. The figures do not include posts set up in new organisations established outside London under Government location policies.

NUMBER OF POSTS

Scotland

Wales

Northern Region

Yorkshire and Humberside

North West

East Midlands

West Midlands

East Anglia

South East

South West

Totals

Period May 1963 to 30th September 19692,0247872,1332561,789502381,1925,37132814,168*
Years ended 30th September:
19701,630165797859883486424,196
19718302191412059677691331492,729
197220046041237355292321731,727
19731691855924643262041,193
19747093633476172321581,589
Total5,5622,1793,2051,1054,1031262791,2096,7801,05425,602
Total posts planned to be dispersed as at 1st October 19748,8907,4923,8604,640507831,9451,90029,560†
Grand Total14,4529,6717,0651,1058,7431762791,9928,7252,95455,162

* Figures prior to 30th September 1969 exclude the Post Office which is now a Public Corporation but include the Department for National Savings.

† This total does not include the Manpower Services Commission, the Health and Safety Commission and the Inland Revenue on which decisions were deferred at the time of the Lord President's announcement last year; nor the 1,000 posts in the Property Services Agency to be dispersed from London to regional offices but whose precise distribution among these offices has not been decided.