HC Deb 24 February 1992 vol 204 cc364-5W
Mr. Thurnham

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what further plans he has to relocate civil service staff to the regions; what performance assessment he has made of the civil servants in the north-west; and if he will make a statement.

Mrs. Gillian Shephard

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave on 4 December 1991,Official Report, columns 163–64, to my hon. Friend the Member for Ealing, North (Mr. Greenway). Under the Government's relocation policy, it is for Departments and agencies to review the location of their work regularly and systematically, with the intention of finding sites offering better value for money. Departmental Ministers will announce their own decisions on significant relocations on completion of the essential processes of assessment and consultation.

Performance assessments of civil servants are made by their line managers within the department or agency in which they work. These assessments are neither collected nor analysed on a regional basis.