§ Colin Pickthall
To ask the MCO how many(a) Civil Service posts and (b) departments have been devolved from London and the South East to other regions since 1997. 734W
§ Mr. Alexander
In April 1997, there were 148,800 permanent Civil Service staff working in London and the South East. By April 2001, this had fallen to 144,550, representing a 1.4 per cent. reduction in the number of staff based in these areas. However, overall the remaining regions have seen an increase in the number of permanent Civil Service staff during the same period.