HC Deb 25 June 1985 vol 81 cc758-9
4. Mr. Fallon

asked the Secretary of State for Education and Science whether he will transfer more of his Department's work to Mowden Hall.

Sir Keith Joseph

The Department is committed to transferring areas of its work to Darlington where this is justified in terms of operational efficiency and cost, taking account also of the interests of London staff.

Mr. Fallon

Will my right hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to the Darlington staff, whose work may not be glamorous but is important to the fulfilment of his Department's functions? Can he reassure me that he will continue to transfer work to Mowden Hall as and when necessary?

Sir Keith Joseph

Yes, gladly, and with genuine warmth, I pay tribute to the staff at Darlington, which I and my two colleagues have visited with pleasure.