HC Deb 11 December 1980 vol 995 c430W
Q54. Mr. Rippon

asked the Prime Minister if she is able to give an assurance that there are no plans to withdraw from Newcastle-upon-Tyne some or all of the regional Government offices, including those of Industry, Environment and Transport.

The Prime Minister

As my right hon. and learned Friend will know, a recent study team scrutiny of the joint Department of the Environment/Department of Transport regional offices carried out in consultation with Sir Derek Rayner recommended the merger of the Northern and Yorkshire and Humberside regions of these Departments to create a new North-East region with its headquarters in Leeds and a substantial presence in Newcastle. The Government are considering those proposals in the light of the many comments received and we hope to make an announcement shortly.