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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Service – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th June 1988.

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Photo of Mr Richard Luce Mr Richard Luce , Shoreham 12:00 am, 13th June 1988

My hon. Friend is right about the problems in London and the south-east, not just in the Civil Service, but in other sectors. Until recently we have had a dispersal policy. We also have a relocation policy. The end result is that today four out of five civil servants work outside London. The present climate and market pressures mean that there are incentives for further changes in that direction, which I hope will lead to the result that my hon. Friend seeks.