Civil Service (Outsourcing)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 30th April 2014.

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Photo of Michael Dugher Michael Dugher Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office 11:30 am, 30th April 2014

Earlier this year, the Prime Minister boasted in a speech in Davos that under his Government

“there is a chance for Britain to become the ‘Re-Shore Nation’.”

However, the chief executive of Steria has said that offshoring jobs is “on the agenda” for outsourced civil servants working for Shared Services Connected Ltd, in which the Government retain a 25% stake. Does the Minister share my concern that up to 1,000 jobs might be offshored? Will the Government use their stake in the joint venture to argue that those jobs should be kept in the UK?