HC Deb 06 July 1988 vol 136 cc596-7W
Mr. Churchill

To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how many employees within his Department are currently employed in London and the south-east of England; what percentage of these are engaged in work which can only readily be done within this area; and what consideration he has given to the relocation of units within his Department to Manchester and other regional centres.

Mr. Ridley

[holding answer Tuesday 5 July]: Some 5,200 of the 6,600 staff in my Department, excluding the Property Services Agency, are employed in London and the south-east. Of the 25,400 staff in the Property Services Agency, 11,800 are employed in London and the south-east. My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced on 31 March, at columns 610–11, that Departments would be reviewing the location of their work. In pursuit of that announcement, I am presently reviewing my Department to determine whether any work might be suitable for relocation from London and the south-east to other areas of the country.