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Volume 978: debated on Monday 11 February 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Employment what is the annual cost in rent and rates of the job-centre in Piccadilly W1; what is the average cost of a jobcentre in the United Kingdom; what is the cost per person placed in a job at the Piccadilly centre; and what is the average number of callers per day.

[pursuant to his reply, 7 February 1980]: I am informed by the Manpower Services Commission that, for commercial reasons and on the advice of the Property Services Agency, it does not normally disclose rents. The rates payable in respect of Piccadilly jobcentre in 1979–80 were £17,856. The average cost per placing in the first nine months of 1979 was £82. The MSC estimates the average daily number of callers at Piccadilly jobcentre to be about 130.The average annual directly attributable cost of a medium-sized jobcentre—one with 11 to 19 staff—was about £85,000 in the 1978–79 financial year.