HC Deb 08 December 1971 vol 827 cc318-9W
Mr. William Hamilton

asked the Secretary of State for Employment what plans he has for the building of additional employment exchanges.

Mr. Dudley Smith

Additional and replacement employment exchanges are provided as needs arise. The Department of the Environment, which is responsible for Government Departments' accommodation, has a continuous programme of work for replacing and improving Department of Employment local offices. In the past five years some 305 rehousing and extension schemes have been completed and at present a further 250 are at the planning stage. My right hon. Friend expects shortly to announce his plans for the future of the public employment service and his announcement will also deal with premises questions.