Regional Offices

Oral Answers to Questions — Trade and Industry – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th March 1994.

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Photo of Mr Tim Rathbone Mr Tim Rathbone , Lewes 12:00 am, 9th March 1994

To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many regional offices have been established, and where; and what further locations are planned.

Photo of Hon. Tim Sainsbury Hon. Tim Sainsbury , Hove

There will be 10 integrated regional offices and a number of sub-offices. I shall arrange for the locations to be published in the Official Report.

Photo of Mr Tim Rathbone Mr Tim Rathbone , Lewes

The House will welcome my right hon. Friend's announcement. Can he also reassure the House on the methods of co-ordination and co-operation to be established between the offices, local training and enterprise councils, local chambers of commerce and industry and local authorities—all of which will be particularly important in the development plans of the Sussex prime port of Newhaven?

Photo of Hon. Tim Sainsbury Hon. Tim Sainsbury , Hove

I know the importance that my hon. Friend attaches to the port of Newhaven. The creation of the integrated regional offices will facilitate the sort of co-operation between Departments, training and enterprise councils, chambers of commerce and industry and local authorities to which he refers.

Following is the information:There will be new integrated regional offices in 10 regions: London; South East, based in London and other locations in the region; South West, based in Bristol; Eastern, based in Cambridge and Bedford; East Midlands, based in Nottingham; West Midlands, based in Birmingham; Yorkshire and Humberside, based in Leeds; North East, based in Newcastle; North West, based in Manchester; and Merseyside, based in Liverpool.