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Civil Servants: Location

Volume 508: debated on Thursday 8 April 2010

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Horsham of 12 March 2010, Official Report, column 516W, on civil servants: location, what targets were set for (a) the Cabinet Office, (b) the Department for Transport, (c) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (d) HM Revenue and Customs and (e) the UK Statistics Authority in respect of (i) percentage relocation and (ii) 2003 baseline staffing figures; and what the performance of each against these targets has been to date. (323537)

Relocation targets were set for the Lyons Programme as an absolute number of civil service posts, not as percentages of staff based in London and the south-east, or as a percentage figure of the total work force.

The following table records: the 2003 national staffing figure as recorded in the annual report on civil service staffing figures produced by the Cabinet Office; the London and the south-east staffing figure; the numerical target for posts to relocate; and progress towards that target as of 30 June 2009, for (a) the Cabinet Office, (b) the Department for Transport, (c) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, (d) HM Revenue and Customs and (e) the UK National Statistics (then known as the Office for National Statistics).

2003 national staff figure

2003 London/SE staff figure

Numerical target for posts to relocate

Performance against target as of 30 June 2009

CO

2,540

2,360

250

67

DFT

14,540

3,510

60

38

FCO

5,890

4,640

450

30

HMRC

97,740

23,830

4,250

3,238

UKNS

3,250

1,520

850

523

The Budget statement on 24 March 2010 reported that by December 2009 over 21,500 civil service posts had been relocated against the target of 24,000. More detail on this progress is available on the OGC website:

www.ogc.gov.uk