HC Deb 22 July 1970 vol 804 cc534-5
42. Mr. Blaker

asked the Minister for the Civil Service what proposals he has for redeploying Civil Service posts to the Fylde Coast.

Mr. David Howell

None for redeploying, Sir, but we expect to locate a central group to administer new attendance allowance work at the Department of Health and Social Security offices in Blackpool.

Mr. Blaker

Is my hon. Friend aware that the inhabitants of the Fylde Coast will welcome that announcement, and will he bear in mind that the Fylde Coast fulfils all the requirements listed by the Location of Offices Bureau as necessary for the siting of office employment?

Mr. Howell

I thank my hon. Friend for that observation. I am aware of the point he makes and I shall bear it in mind.

Mr. Sheldon

What effects in this respect does the hon. Gentleman expect to come from the introduction of the unified grading structure? Second, will he deny reports that the Government are dragging their feet in this matter?

Mr. Howell

The relation of the unified grading structure to this point is a bit obscure. If the hon. Gentleman will put down a Question about it, I shall be pleased to answer it. I have not heard the report which he asks me to deny, so I certainly would not wish to deny it.