HC Deb 18 December 1989 vol 164 c25W
109. Mr. Wallace

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further plans he has for decentralising the Civil Service establishment from London to the regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Mr. Ryder

As announced by right hon. Friend, the then Paymaster General, on 31 March 1988 (column610–11), the Government's policy for relocating Civil Service work does not involve targets set by the centre. Departments review the location of their work in accordance with central guidelines, and their Ministers announce their decisions. Since the beginning of 1988, plans to locate or relocate over 14,000 posts away from London and the south-east have been announced, and further announcements are expected in due course.