HC Deb 10 February 1988 vol 127 c257W
56. Mr. Cran

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he expects to complete his review of the possible relocation out of London of divisions within his Department; and what priority he attaches to achieving such a relocation.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

I am very committed to ensuring that my Department's divisions are located as cost effectively as possible, bearing in mind the services they provide, the need to recruit and retain staff, and the potential benefit to a receiving region's economy. I hope to announce shortly a decision on the relocation of the Patent Office. I will continue to consider the best location for other parts of my Department.

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