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Civil Service

Volume 454: debated on Thursday 14 December 2006

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many civil service and government agency jobs were (a) created in and (b) relocated to York (i) in total and (ii) in the Central Science Laboratory at Sand Hutton in each year since 1992. (105708)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government are committed to relocating 20,000 civil servants out of London and the South East by 2010. Pre-Budget report 2006 reported that over 10,500 posts have already been relocated. The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs has moved 75 posts to York and the Department for Constitutional Affairs has relocated one post to York.

Questions (a) and (b) (ii) cannot be answered, as this information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the annual percentage change in (a) cash and (b) real terms was in Government expenditure on the central civil service, excluding agencies, in each year since 1997-98. (105723)

I have been asked to reply.

A back series of Public Expenditure aggregates, in both cash and real terms, is published at Table 3.1 of the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) 2006 (Cm 6811) that has been placed in the Library of the House.

We do not collect separate information on spending by executive agencies. Excluding this expenditure from Total Managed Expenditure could be achieved only at disproportionate cost.

However, PESA Table 3.2 splits the back series by function in cash terms and Table 3.3 shows the same data in real terms.