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Office for National Statistics

Volume 692: debated on Tuesday 12 June 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 4 June (Official Report, col. 877), whether the transfer of the Office for National Statistics to Newport will result in the terms and provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations being applied to any employees who do not accept the invitation to transfer; and, if not, what terms of compensation will apply to any staff declared redundant in the course of this relocation. [HL4166]

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician and Registrar General, to Lord James of Blackheath, dated 12 June 2007.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Question asking whether the transfer of the Office for National Statistics to Newport will result in the terms and provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations being applied to any employees who do not accept the invitation to transfer; and, if not, what terms of compensation will apply to any staff declared redundant in the course of this relocation. [HL4166]

As a result of ONS contribution to government relocation, we have committed to transferring up to 600 posts by April 2008 and 250 posts by April 2010 from London and the south-east to Newport. It is our intention that between 50 and 100 posts will remain in London.

TUPE or the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations is a form of legislation designed to protect the terms and conditions of employment if an organisation, or services of that organisation, changes hands. This will not happen as part of the relocation of posts from London and therefore TUPE does not apply.

However, employees who are unable to relocate to Newport will, where possible, transfer to other government departments or find alternative employment elsewhere in London. The office has a robust support programme in place to enable this transition. Where such solutions cannot be found, employees whose posts are redundant will be entitled to the Civil Service pension scheme terms.