HC Deb 23 July 1979 vol 971 cc36-9W
Mr. Wrigglesworth

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he will list the units in the proposed Civil Service dispersal programme which are at present being reviewed by Department, the number of posts, the present location, the new location and the proposed date when the move would be completed.

Department Approx. No. of posts Receiving location Buildings ready for occupation
Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 1,250 Merseyside 1983–84
Civil Service Department 500 Norwich 1982–83
Customs and Excise 500 Southend 1977–78 to 1984–85+
Ministry of Defence 4,250 Cardiff 1983–84
5,000 Glasgow 1983–84 to 1987–88
Department of Education:
Agricultural Research Council 190 Merseyside 1983–84
Department of Employment:
Health and Safety Executive 1,000 Merseyside Dates not yet determined
Manpower Services Commission 1,900 Sheffield 1979–80, 1981–82+
Department of the Environment:
Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas 140 Salisbury 1979–80+
Property Services Agency 3,000 Teesside 1983–84 to 1984–85
1,000 Regional Offices Various dates up to 1984–85
Exports Credits Guarantee Department 800 Cardiff 1976–77+ 1979–80
Foreign and Commonwealth Office 500 Merseyside 1983–84
Overseas Development Administration 650 East Kilbride 1980–81
Directorate of Overseas Surveys 350 Glasgow Area Dates not yet determined
Department of Health and Social Security 500 Newcastle 1977–78+
980 Blackpool 1978–79, 1982–83+
Home Office 1,000 Merseyside 1981–82 to 1983–84
Inland Revenue 1,260 Not identified Dates not yet determined
Office of Population Censuses and Surveys 500 Southport 1981–82+
Stationery Office, HM 380 Norwich 1978–79+
Departments of Trade and Industry 600 Cardiff/Newport 1978–79 to 1981–82+
Laboratory of the Government Chemist 360 West Cumbria 1984–85


+indicates those dispersals in progress.

All the posts referred to above are scheduled to be dispersed from the London area except 3,880 from the Ministry of Defence which it is proposed be dispersed from the following locations:

a. Bath 850
b. Didcot 175
c. Winchester 215
d. Various locations in the South from Army Pay, Manning and Record Office 740
e. Common Services at locations a. to d. 270
f. Ashton-under-Lyne 150
g. Droitwich 55
h. Harrogate 1,170
i. Leeds 70
j. Common Services at locations f. to i. 185

Mr. McQuarrie

asked the Minister for the Civil Service if he has any plans to hold an urgent meeting with the Society of Civil and Public Servants concerning the dispersal of 7,000 jobs to Scotland.

Mr. Channon

I met a deputation representing the Society of Civil and Public Servants at national level on 10 July to

Mr. Channon

The information is as follows:

discuss the Government's review of me dispersal programme.

Mr. McQuarrie

asked the Minister for the Civil Service when a positive decision will be taken on the dispersal of the 7,000 Civil Service jobs from London to Glasgow and East Kilbride.

Mr. Parry

asked the Minister for the Civil Service (1) when he expects to be able to make a statement on his plans for the Exchange station site in Liverpool, intended for the dispersal of civil servants to Merseyside;

(2) when he expects to be able to make a statement on the policy of Her Majesty's Government concerning the dispersal of Civil Service jobs to Merseyside.

Mr. Channon

I refer my hon. Friend and the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the right hon. Member for Sheffield, Park (Mr. Mulley) on 20 July that the Government hope to make an announcement before the end of July.

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