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Civil Service: Location

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 16 December 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on compensatory steps to reduce the economic effects of transferring further Civil Service posts away from Croydon. (304986)

[holding answer 9 December 2009]: The Government's existing property strategy requires all new acquisitions, lease renewals and break clauses to seek my approval to stay in London and the south-east. This ensures that in reaching a decision, I can assess the implications of the case for remaining in London and the south-east or for relocating to another part of the country.

Where necessary Treasury Ministers will discuss relocation issues with ministerial colleagues.