§ Mr. Martlew
To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment what progress has been made in the relocation of the jobcentre in Carlisle; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Ms Jowell
Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Employment Service agency under its Chief Executive. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Richard Foster to Mr. Eric Martlew, dated 13 November 2000:As the Employment Service is an Executive Agency, the Secretary of State for Education and Employment has asked Leigh Lewis to reply to your question concerning the progress of plans to relocate Carlisle Jobcentre. This is something which falls within responsibilities delegated to Mr Lewis as Chief Executive of the Agency. I am replying in his absence.We have been asked to vacate the premises we now occupy in Lowther House. Our estates team are involved in commercial negotiations to lease alternative premises which will meet the needs of all our customers. We are exploring a number of options in the city centre.I will provide you with details of premises once negotiations have been concluded.I hope this is helpful.