§ Mr. Kilroy-Silk
asked the Secretary of State for Employment if he will list those jobcentres that have been closed since 1979.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
The jobcentres which have been closed since 1979 are:
Ashbourne, Attercliffe, Berkhamstead, Bethesda, Bristol Minster House, Burry Port, City London, Crewkerne, Crieff, Dalton-in-Furness, Darlaston, Gillingham (Dorset), Glasgow Kinning Park, Grange-over-sands, Grimsby Commercial, Hebden Bridge, Hendon, Holborn 'Temps', Huchnall, Inverurie, Kirby-in-Ashfield, Lesmahagow, Leyton Grosvenor Park, Liverpool Leece Street, Liverpool Walton, Llandovery, Lochgilphead, Lytham, Manchester Deansgate, Manchester Trafford Park, Newcastle Plummer House, Nottingham Maid Marion way, Pembroke Dock, Preston Commercial, Ramsbottom, Rhos, Ripley, Rye, Sedgeley, Sheffield Steel City House, Shepton Mallett, Stonehaven, Team valley, Tranent, Woolston.
The majority of the decisions to close were made on efficiency and cost-effectiveness grounds. In some cases usage was low and in others operating costs were high against the performance of the office.
The list does not include offices which have been closed but where a new office has been opened in different premises in the same locality.