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Civil Servants: Wales

Volume 458: debated on Monday 19 March 2007

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what assessment his Department has made of the impact on the Welsh economy of the proposed reduction in civil service jobs in Wales. (127854)

Since 1997 employment in Wales has increased by 11.7 per cent. with an extra 142,000 jobs created. In addition by September 2006 more than 2,400 civil service posts had been moved to Wales from London and the south-east as part of the Lyons relocation programme.

HM Treasury does not centrally hold data showing which Departments intend to make workforce reductions in Wales as part of the SR04 efficiency programme. Departments are responsible for managing their workforce strategies and for implementing their SR04 workforce reduction target.