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Government Chemist

Volume 958: debated on Monday 20 November 1978

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asked the Secretary of State for Industry if he will publish the current cost to public funds of the move of the Laboratory of the Government Chemist from London to Cumbria, together with figures showing (a) the building costs, (b) the cost of relocating employees, (c) the cost of terminating existing contracts and of redundancies, (d) the annual expected operating costs, including those of accommodation, compared with present costs and (e) the costs and return from the sale, conversion or other use of the previous premises and the present value of the overall benefit of the move.

The new laboratory will not be ready before 1984 and it is far too early to provide detailed costings; the design is still at an early stage. Estimates for the dispersal programme as a whole were given last year by my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal, but estimates for individual elements are not available.