HC Deb 05 March 1947 vol 434 cc80-1W
Sir R. Glyn

asked the Financial Secretary to the Treasury how many of the 180,650 civil servants employed and living outside the London area are to remain permanently; what are the numbers and regional headquarters, respectively, of Government Departments located in the provinces; and whether they are excluded from the above figure.

Mr. Glenvil Hall

The possibility of the return to London of staffs evacuated during the war and the permanent dispersal from London of parts of the headquarters organisations of Government Departments are now being examined. Details of the Departments with regional centres in the provinces and the numbers of such centres were given in my reply to the hon. Member on 14th February. The figure of 180,650 included 21,500 employed at Regional Centres. In addition, I should say that the Service Departments and Ministry of Supply employ a total number of 102,835 outside London, of whom 883 are employed in the regional offices of the Admiralty and Ministry of Supply; the War Office and Air Ministry are not organised on a Regional basis.

Approximate numbers of staff employed in the main regional centres are given in the following table. It should be noted that in addition there are staffs in local offices in each town to meet local as distinct from regional needs.

Approximate Numbers of Staff employed at Regional Offices other than in London.
At By Departments other than Admiralty and Ministry of Supply. By Admiralty and Ministry of Supply
(i) (ii) (iii)
Newcastle 1,580 83
Leeds 2,060 118*
Nottingham 1,780 60
Cambridge 1,380 47
Reading 1,360 44
Bristol 1,840 54
Cardiff 1,780 58
Birmingham 2,420 182
Edinburgh 2,580
Manchester 2,800 138
Glasgow 370 99
Tunbridge Wells 850
Others 700
TOTAL 21,500 883
*Part of this staff is located at Sheffield.