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Civil Service (Newry And Mourne)

Volume 404: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Civil Service jobs have been relocated to the Newry and Mourne district council area over the last two years; and what steps have been taken to encourage the redeployment of such jobs to this region. [110210]

No NICS jobs in the 11 devolved departments were relocated to Newry and Mourne district council area over the last two years. My officials are currently examining the report on the Strategic Review of Civil Service Office Accommodation, which includes an examination of the scope for decentralisation of Civil Service jobs. Until this exercise is complete, it would be wrong to attempt to pre-judge decisions on any subsequent dispersal of jobs or to speculate as to the locations that might be involved.