§ Mr. Raymond S. Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many civil servants from his Department have been relocated from London to other parts of the United Kingdom(a) in the last five years and (b) in the last 10 years; and to where they were relocated.
§ Mr. Burt
The information is in the table and is in terms of posts relocated rather than individual civil servants. It has not been possible in all cases to identify separately posts relocating from London as opposed to the south-east as a whole and this is particularly so for the period before 1988. The information does not take account of the large numbers of new posts that the Department has created in areas away from London and the south-east.
Posts relocated from London in the last five years Destination Number Wigan 320 Lytham 1243 Newcastle 300 Leeds 458 Glasgow 560 Belfast 421 Total 2,302 1 It is not possible to identify separately London posts within this number.
Posts relocated between 1982 and 1987Around 420 posts were relocated from London and the south-east to Newcastle, the North Fylde area and Southampton in this period. Only the posts that moved to Southampton, around 60, can be clearly identified as from London iteself.