HC Deb 19 March 1998 vol 308 cc728-9W
Mr. Charles Clarke

To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will publish the individual estimates his Department has made of the financial and personnel impact of relocating Norwich-based scientific staff of the Central Science Laboratory to York. [33985]

Mr. Rooker

[holding answer 11 March 1998]: No decision has been taken regarding the future location of the Norwich-based staff of the Central Science Laboratory. In considering this matter, current best estimates indicate that the relocation costs involved would be £2.8m and efficiency savings resulting from the move would amount to £1.5m per annum. Eligible staff would then be offered a full relocation package in accordance with Civil Service rules and assistance would be provided for non-mobile staff not relocating.