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Civil Servants: Location

Volume 505: debated on Friday 5 February 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer which (a) executive agencies, (b) ministerial Departments, (c) non-ministerial departments and (d) non-departmental public bodies have been relocated out of London since the Gershon review reported. (312280)

The 2009 pre-Budget report announced that by June 2009 nearly 21,000 civil service posts had been relocated out of London and the South East.

The Office of Government Commerce website provides information on departmental contributions towards this total at the address below:

http://www.ogc.gov.uk/government_relocation_relocation_programme_progress__8176.asp

This information on OGC's website is summarised in the following table.

Department

Number of posts

Education and Skills

1,052

Health

1,070

Home Office

3,140

Ministry of Justice (formerly Department for Constitutional Affairs)

772

Defence

3,940

Culture, Media and Sport

894

Work and Pensions

4,377

Chancellor's Departments

3,723

Cabinet Office1

92

Communities and Local Government (formerly Office of the Deputy Prime Minister)

255

Crown Prosecution Service2

43

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

478

Foreign and Commonwealth Office3

30

International Development

88

Northern Ireland Office

8

Trade and Industry4

632

Transport5

38

Total

20,632

1 Includes 25 Charity Commission relocations.

2 The Crown Prosecution Service had no relocation target at the start of Spending review 2004, but later agreed a target of relocating 20 posts out of London and the South East by 31 March 2008.

3 Does not include relocations out of London to Hanslope Park.

4 Includes three Office of Fair Trading relocations.

5 Does not include relocations out of London to Hastings.