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Volume 929: debated on Monday 28 March 1977

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asked the Minister for the Civil Service what percentage of the total number of civil servants is represented by those who have been dispersed to each of the assisted areas within the economic planning regions in 1976.

Records of civil servants transferred from London to the assisted areas are not readily available. Records of Civil Service posts so transferred are not maintained by calendar year: information for the 12 months ended on 30th September 1976 is as follows:

The hon. Member will, of course, be aware of the plans announced by the Government in July 1974 to disperse 31,000 Civil Service posts, mainly to the assisted areas.

asked the Minister for the Civil Service, if any discussions are currently taking place with unions representing civil servants involved in the dispersal of jobs programme; and if he will make a statement.

Dispersal is under continuous discussion between individual Departments and their Staff sides. Representatives of the Staff Side of the Civil Service National Whitley Council discussed dispersal with the Lord Privy Seal on 1st February.