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Civil Service Relocation

Volume 453: debated on Monday 27 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many jobs in his Department have been relocated (a) to Liverpool and (b) elsewhere as a result of the Lyons Review; and on how many occasions Liverpool has been considered for the relocation of staff under this programme. (103089)

As a result of the Lyons Review:

(a) no jobs in the Department have been relocated to Liverpool;

(b) at end September 2006 the Department had relocated 288.5 posts against an overall target of 685 posts to be relocated by 2010.

The Department, its agencies and sponsored bodies have no large-scale operations to move out of the Greater South-East. The units to be relocated under the Lyons Review programme are relatively small (fewer than 150 posts). Given the small size of these units, it is expected that, from an operational and a financial viewpoint, the units will be relocated to existing regional accommodation. For the core Department this will build up DTI’s presence in the regions in a way that provides the critical mass necessary to make for sustainability.