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Departmental Work

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what assessment he has made of the potential for decentralising departmental work to local offices otherwise planned for closure. (208035)

In reviewing our network of local offices, we have in a number of cases identified opportunities for decentralisation and implemented them. We have not been willing, however, to decentralise work merely to keep sites open; our key concern is to improve both efficiency and service quality.