HC Deb 18 April 1980 vol 982 cc729-30W
Mr. Marlow

asked the Prime Minister what regional organisations of government which existed on 3 May have since been wound up.

The Prime Minister

The Department of Industry has closed two regional sub-offices at Cockermouth and Reading and has merged the work of two regional offices to form one office serving a new South-Eastern Region.

As a result of an organisational review, 16 road construction unit sub-units in the Department of Transport will be phased out by the transfer of work on trunk road schemes to consultants and to county councils acting as agents.

Following the Government's review of vehicle excise duty most re-licensing work is to be transferred to post offices within the next two years. As a consequence the Department of Transport is proposing to close up to 30 local vehicle licensing offices with a saving of about 1,000 staff.

A number of Departments have reviewed or are reviewing their regional and local office structures. Decisions on these will be announced as they are reached.