Benefit Processing Centres

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 22nd February 2005.

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Photo of Mr David Stewart Mr David Stewart PPS (Rt Hon Alistair Darling, Secretary of State), Department for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions when he expects to make a decision on the location of benefit processing centres; and what assessment he has made of the merits of Inverness as a possible site.

Photo of Jane Kennedy Jane Kennedy Minister of State (Work), Department for Work and Pensions

The administration of Jobcentre Plus is a matter for the Chief Executive of the Jobcentre Plus, David Anderson. He will write to the hon. Member.

Letter from David Anderson to Mr. David Stewart, dated 22 February 2005

The Secretary of State has asked me to reply to your questions concerning the decision on the location of Benefit Processing Centres and the suitability of Inverness as a site. This is something that falls within the responsibilities delegated to me as Chief Executive of Jobcentre Plus.

On 16 September 2004, the Secretary of State announced the locations for Benefit Processing Centres in the UK. Inverness was among the 8 selected locations in Scotland. Subject to further detailed planning, it remains our intention to undertake processing work in the Inverness site.

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