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Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 10th September 2013.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Labour, Vale of Clwyd

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills how many of his Department's jobs have been relocated from London to each region of the UK in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Jo Swinson Jo Swinson The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Women and Equalities, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills

BIS was formed through a machinery of government change that occurred in June 2009. The Department was created by merging the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR) and the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (DIUS). Therefore only information from that date is available. Since 2009 the Department has had to reduce its headcount significantly as part of the Government's savings programme and this has meant net reductions in the number of staff in London and some other offices. However, decisions on the exact location of individual posts between the various BIS sites are taken as necessary by management units and there is therefore no central record of the number of posts relocated from London over this period. To obtain this information would result in disproportionate costs.

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