To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many civil servants in his Department have (a) been relocated and (b) been agreed for relocation in the last 12 months; and to which areas of the United Kingdom.
The Departments for which the Chancellor is responsible, including HM Treasury, HM Revenue and Customs and Office of National Statistics, have a target to relocate 5,050 posts out of London and the South East by 2010. HM Revenue and Customs will contribute over 80 per cent. towards this target.
In 2004–05, HM Revenue and Customs relocated 249 posts mainly to Cardiff, Bournemouth and Truro, and Office of National Statistics 12 posts to Newport.