Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Buildings

Department for Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 26th February 2016.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, which offices outside London he does not plan to close under the BIS 2020 strategy.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Universities and Science)

The intention to close the BIS Sheffield office at St Paul’s Place is based on our strategy to simplify our delivery and focus expertise in specific areas over five years to 2020. Therefore, our policy function needs to be in one place, close to Ministers, and the Department made a decision to locate all our policy functions in the HQ in London. Other decisions around our estates will be taken in due course and will, of course, be subject to consultation. We therefore cannot give an estimate of when all decisions on the Department’s estate will be concluded.

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