§ Mr. Allan Stewart
asked the Minister for the Civil Service what current proposals exist for Government Departments to transfer Civil Service employment from assisted to non-assisted areas; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Luce
Departmental proposals to relocate existing work or to locate new work involve consultative procedures designed to ensure that regional and urban470W interests are taken fully into account. A move from an assisted to a non-assisted area would take place only exceptionally and would need to be justified by reasons of operational and cost efficiency. Of the proposals currently under consideration, a few include options for moves from assisted to non-assisted areas, but none has reached a stage where it can be regarded as firm.