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Civil Service, Wales

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what measures he plans to take to ensure that civil service job cuts in Wales do not adversely affect economic regeneration of Objective 1 areas. (83934)

The Government are committed to strengthening the Welsh economy and regenerating Objective 1 areas.

Following Sir Michael Lyons’ independent review of public sector relocation the Government undertook to relocate 20,000 posts out of London and the south-east by 2010. By April 2006 7,800 posts had moved to every country and region in the UK, including more than 1,600 to Wales.

Since 1997 employment in Wales has increased by more than 10 per cent., with an additional 123,000 jobs created.

In order to target resources into improving key front-line services, the Government are committed to reducing the number of civil servants engaged in non-frontline functions by 70,600 (net) by 2008. Departments are responsible for implementing their work force targets and HM Treasury does not hold data showing the location of each affected site.

Regeneration spending, including the Objective 1 programme, is a devolved matter for the Welsh Assembly Government.