Job Relocation

Wales written question – answered on 21st February 2005.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of the National Assembly for Wales on the relocation of jobs from England to Wales.

Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales), Department for Constitutional Affairs, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Constitutional Affairs) (also in Wales Office)

My right hon. Friend and I are working closely with ministerial colleagues in the Assembly to ensure that Wales benefits from any relocation of public sector jobs from London and the South East. To this end, I welcome the decision last September by the Office for National Statistics to make Newport its principal headquarters and move 600 jobs there.

I am actively pursuing plans by other Departments and will be following up as appropriate. On 10 February, the First Minister and I met several senior officials from London based Departments involved with the relocation exercise to highlight what Wales has to offer.

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