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Regions White Paper

Volume 412: debated on Friday 11 April 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what progress her Department has made towards the goal set out in the White Paper, "Your Region, Your Choice," of (a) ensuring that regional awareness and devolution feature strongly in Civil Service training and development, (b) increasing the mobility of civil servants between headquarters offices, regional offices and the Government Offices and (c) encouraging interchange between the Civil Service and organisations in the regions. [108580]

The information is as follows:

  • (a) The Civil Service College runs courses specifically for those civil servants who work with the devolved administrations. The Department's key NDPB's have regional agencies on whom we rely for the delivery of our agenda and our Departmental induction courses cover awareness of local and regional government.
  • (b) Although the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has no regional offices, we are already fully integrated into the Government Office network and welcome two way interchange.
  • (c)We also have a strong record on interchange with 4 per cent. of staff on secondment, 5 per cent. of staff on outward loan and 25 per cent. of staff on inward loan. 15 per cent. of the staff on outward secondment are based in regional organisations.