§ 31. Mr. Michael McGuire
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what criteria he uses as to (a) priorities of areas selected and (b) rate of dispersal of the Civil Service jobs to be disposed to the North-West, including nearly 3,000 to Merseyside, detailed planning for which is now in progress, as referred to in his reply on 23rd February to the hon. Member for Ince [Official Report, column 10].
§ Mr. Charles R. Morris
The selection of areas to receive Civil Service jobs, within the dispersal locations announced by the Government in July 1974, is a matter for the Departments whose work is to be dispersed, in consultation with the Property Services Agency and other interested Departments. The availability of communication, suitable sites, housing and other amenities is among the factors taken into account. The dispersals to the North-West will be carried out as soon as possible within the 10-year period the Government have set themselves for completing the programme.