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Government Employment (St. Annes)

Volume 449: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what plans he has to reduce employment levels at the Government office site at Heyhouses Lane in St. Annes; and which business areas will be affected; (87606)

(2) what plans he has to relocate staff presently employed at the Government office site at Heyhouses Lane in St. Annes to other department locations within the Fylde area;

(3) when he expects to announce the outcome of his Department’s estates review.

My Department intends to make an announcement to staff on the position of its non-London Headquarters estate by the end of July.

Change to the size and shape of the Department’s estate will not automatically lead to a reduction in staff numbers. However, as set out in the 2004 Spending Review, the Department is currently managing a major efficiency programme which involves reducing staff numbers by 30,000 by March 2008. These reductions are being made in all parts of the Department and across all of the country.