§ Mr. Byers
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what steps he is taking to ensure that there is a co-ordinated approach across Government Departments to(a) the reduction in civil service jobs (i) announced in the Budget Statement and (ii) that may follow from the Gershon Review and (b) the proposals to relocate employment of civil servants contained in the Lyons report; and if he will make a statement. 
§ Mr. Boateng
[holding answer 23 March 2004]Sir Peter Gershon will be working with Departments to help them prepare efficiency submissions as part of their overall spending plans to the 2004 Spending Review. These proposals will take account of departments' relocation plans submitted to the Lyons Review. Departments will be expected to integrate their plans on efficiency and relocation.